profession

[ pruh-fesh-uhn ]
/ prəˈfɛʃ ən /

noun

Origin of profession

1175–1225; Middle English < Medieval Latin professiōn- (stem of professiō) the taking of the vows of a religious order. See professed, -ion

Related forms

pro·fes·sion·less, nounnon·pro·fes·sion, noun

Synonym study

1. See occupation.
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profession

/ (prəˈfɛʃən) /

noun

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
  1. Also called: profession of faith a declaration of faith in a religion, esp as made on entering the Church of that religion or an order belonging to it
  2. the faith or the religion that is the subject of such a declaration

Word Origin for profession

C13: from Medieval Latin professiō the taking of vows upon entering a religious order, from Latin: public acknowledgment; see profess
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