profession

noun

pro·​fes·​sion prə-ˈfe-shən How to pronounce profession (audio)
1
: the act of taking the vows of a religious community
2
: an act of openly declaring or publicly claiming a belief, faith, or opinion : protestation
3
: an avowed religious faith
4
a
: a calling requiring specialized knowledge and often long and intensive academic preparation
b
: a principal calling, vocation, or employment
c
: the whole body of persons engaged in a calling

Example Sentences

The doctor talked to students who are thinking about entering the profession. Most professions in the medical field require years of training. Their daughter recently became a member of the medical profession.
Recent Examples on the Web At the same time, demand is increasing—the American Nurses Association estimates more nursing jobs will be available in 2022 than any other profession in the country. Elizabeth Millard, Time, 25 Nov. 2022 The college coaching profession attracts few Aristotles. Blake Toppmeyer, USA TODAY, 23 Nov. 2022 The Milken Educator Awards are given out yearly to various educators across the country and are meant to celebrate and elevate the teaching profession and hopefully inspire other young professionals to join it. Caroline Beck, The Indianapolis Star, 23 Nov. 2022 South Carolina schools’ racial demographics of teachers show the impact of these obstacles to Black men entering the profession. Devna Bose, al, 22 Nov. 2022 Northern Essex Community College is participating in a national program to address the nursing shortage and make the profession more accessible to people from diverse backgrounds. John Laidler, BostonGlobe.com, 21 Nov. 2022 Alison Eddy, chief executive of the New Zealand College of Midwives, says Davies’ midwifery and sustainability research was a catalyst for the profession, inspiring them to seriously consider how to serve as a climate solution. Sarah Sloat, WIRED, 20 Nov. 2022 Maddaleni also disputed Darlingh's argument that her speech as a private citizen was constitutionally protected, noting that Darlingh introduced herself by name, profession and employer before delivering her remarks at the rally. Rory Linnane, Journal Sentinel, 18 Nov. 2022 At the same time, the suicide rate among women and girls in India remains twice the global rate, with housewives being the profession most affected after daily wage earners. Sarita Santoshini, The Christian Science Monitor, 14 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English professioun, from Anglo-French profession, from Late Latin & Latin; Late Latin profession-, professio, from Latin, public declaration, from profitēri

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of profession was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Profession.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/profession. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

profession

noun

pro·​fes·​sion prə-ˈfesh-ən How to pronounce profession (audio)
1
: the act of taking the vows of a religious community
2
: a public declaring or claiming (as of a belief, faith, or opinion)
3
a
: an occupation (as medicine, law, or teaching) that requires specialized knowledge and often advanced education
b
: a principal occupation or employment
c
: the people working in a profession
the legal profession

Medical Definition

profession

noun

pro·​fes·​sion prə-ˈfesh-ən How to pronounce profession (audio)
1
: a calling requiring specialized knowledge and often long and intensive academic preparation
2
: the whole body of persons engaged in a calling

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