- a vocation requiring knowledge of some department of learning or science: the profession of teaching.Compare learned profession.
- any vocation or business.
- the body of persons engaged in an occupation or calling: to be respected by the medical profession.
- the act of professing; avowal; a declaration, whether true or false: professions of dedication.
- the declaration of belief in or acceptance of religion or a faith: the profession of Christianity.
- a religion or faith professed.
- the declaration made on entering into membership of a church or religious order.
Origin of profession
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Examples from the Web for profession
Who will want to enter this profession for a poverty wage and little or no paid time off?Care Providers Fight for $15 and a Union
Jasmin Almodovar, Shirley Thompson
December 5, 2014
The ones who could handle her profession stuck around for many years.Whip It: Secrets of a Dominatrix
November 25, 2014
I was impressed by how many young and old people are in the profession.
He has given that profession a swagger that, let's face it, few other professions have.
This is one of the most subtle and touching aspects of the profession.
Finally he disappeared, and, as it seems, embraced the profession of a sailor.Brave and Bold
This Niebuhr, who was a surveyor by profession, was a young man who deserves our admiration.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
Mr. Wing is an American-born Chinese and practises the profession of a valet.The Garden of Bright Waters
This profession of ours is a big one, but you know its jealousies.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
You belong to the profession, and know what would be the consequence if I did so.The Imaginary Invalid
- an occupation requiring special training in the liberal arts or sciences, esp one of the three learned professions, law, theology, or medicine
- the body of people in such an occupation
- the act of professing; avowal; declaration
- Also called: profession of faitha declaration of faith in a religion, esp as made on entering the Church of that religion or an order belonging to it
- the faith or the religion that is the subject of such a declaration
Word Origin and History for profession
c.1200, "vows taken upon entering a religious order," from Old French profession (12c.), from Latin professionem (nominative professio) "public declaration," from past participle stem of profiteri "declare openly" (see profess). Meaning "any solemn declaration" is from mid-14c. Meaning "occupation one professes to be skilled in" is from early 15c.; meaning "body of persons engaged in some occupation" is from 1610; as a euphemism for "prostitution" (e.g. oldest profession) it is recorded from 1888.