[ pruh-fish-uh n-see ]
/ prəˈfɪʃ ən si /


the state of being proficient; skill; expertness: proficiency in music.

Nearby words

  1. professorial,
  2. professoriate,
  3. professorship,
  4. proffer,
  5. profibrinolysin,
  6. proficiency badge,
  7. proficient,
  8. proficiently,
  9. profile,
  10. profile component

Origin of proficiency

1535–45; < Latin prōfici(ēns) proficient + -ency

Related formso·ver·pro·fi·cien·cy, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for proficiency



1540s, probably from -cy + Latin proficientem (nominative proficiens), present participle of proficere "accomplish, make progress; be useful, do good; have success, profit," from pro- "forward" (see pro-) + root of facere "to make" (see factitious).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper