professional

adjective
pro·​fes·​sion·​al | \ prə-ˈfesh-nəl How to pronounce professional (audio) , -ˈfe-shə-nᵊl \

Definition of professional

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : of, relating to, or characteristic of a profession
b : engaged in one of the learned professions
c(1) : characterized by or conforming to the technical or ethical standards of a profession
(2) : exhibiting a courteous, conscientious, and generally businesslike manner in the workplace
2a : participating for gain or livelihood in an activity or field of endeavor often engaged in by amateurs a professional golfer
b : having a particular profession as a permanent career a professional soldier
c : engaged in by persons receiving financial return professional football
3 : following a line of conduct as though it were a profession a professional patriot

professional

noun

Definition of professional (Entry 2 of 2)

: one that is professional especially : one that engages in a pursuit or activity professionally

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Other Words from professional

Adjective

professionally adverb

Examples of professional in a Sentence

Adjective Do you have any professional experience? You should seek professional advice. a golfer who recently turned professional I was impressed by the calm and professional way she handled the crisis. The presentation was very professional. Noun The bathtub was installed by a professional. The tournament is open to both amateurs and professionals. a golfer who recently became a professional She handled the situation like a professional.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective There’s a fatal unbalance as Alex spins out, in a minutely detailed personal and professional crisis, over a character depicted in broad and not particularly artful strokes. Daniel D'addario, Variety, 17 Sep. 2021 The mission dubbed Inspiration4—the first orbital trip featuring no professional astronauts—launched four Americans including two contest winners, a health care worker, and their billionaire sponsor, Jared Isaacman, from the Kennedy Space Center. Siladitya Ray, Forbes, 16 Sep. 2021 The historic launch marks the first time ever that civilians have gone into orbit without any professional astronauts along for the ride. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 16 Sep. 2021 SpaceX will continue to fly professional astronauts on NASA’s behalf. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, 16 Sep. 2021 Four private citizens are set to launch into orbit Wednesday in what will be the first mission to space without any professional astronauts on board. NBC News, 15 Sep. 2021 The four crew members—Jared Isaacman, Sian Proctor, Chris Sembroski, and Hayley Arceneaux—have trained intensely for this day, although none of them are professional astronauts. Ramin Skibba, Wired, 15 Sep. 2021 Business)On Wednesday, four people — none of whom are professional astronauts — will strap themselves into a capsule atop a 200-foot-tall SpaceX rocket that will blast them past the speed of sound and up to 17,500 miles per hour. Jackie Wattles, CNN, 14 Sep. 2021 For the first time in 60 years of human spaceflight, a rocket is poised to blast into orbit with no professional astronauts on board, only four tourists. Marcia Dunn, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun McNealy, after matching Tiger Woods and Patrick Rodgers for Stanford’s school record for victories, needed some time to find his footing as a professional. Ron Kroichick, San Francisco Chronicle, 17 Sep. 2021 Askren is the current welterweight champion of One FC, Asia's biggest MMA promoter, and is 14-0 as a professional. Gary D'amato, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 23 Aug. 2021 Casi’s individuality as a young black professional — his questionable commitment to the law and defensive notions of masculine pride — is symbolized by the samurai sword mounted on his apartment wall. Armond White, National Review, 18 Aug. 2021 Ragan, who won silver at the 2017 World Championships and another silver at the 2019 Pan American Games, has a 4-0 record as a professional. Dave Clark, The Enquirer, 5 Aug. 2021 Martin moved to the U.S. from Australia in 2007 to further his career as an eventing professional. Analis Bailey, USA TODAY, 31 July 2021 The game-winner marked Nani’s eighth goal of the season as the captain continues to fuel the Lions in his third season with the team and 17th year as a professional. Julia Poe, orlandosentinel.com, 30 July 2021 Two-time Vezina Trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky was required to be protected in the draft due to his no-move clause, while Spencer Knight was exempt as a first-year professional. Mallory Schnell, sun-sentinel.com, 21 July 2021 No one on the board's Health and Human Needs Committee, which decides policy for the Behavioral Health Division, has a degree in medical science or experience working as a mental health professional. Meg Kissinger, jsonline.com, 31 Aug. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'professional.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of professional

Adjective

1606, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1811, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of professional was in 1606

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“Professional.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/professional. Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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professional

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of professional

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: relating to a job that requires special education, training, or skill
: done or given by a person who works in a particular profession
: paid to participate in a sport or activity

professional

noun

English Language Learners Definition of professional (Entry 2 of 2)

: someone who does a job that requires special training, education, or skill : someone who is a member of a profession
: someone who is paid to participate in a sport or activity
: someone who has a lot of experience or skill in a particular job or activity

professional

adjective
pro·​fes·​sion·​al | \ prə-ˈfe-shə-nᵊl How to pronounce professional (audio) \

Kids Definition of professional

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : relating to an occupation : of or as an expert professional advice
2 : taking part in an activity (as a sport) in order to make money
3 : participated in by people who are paid to compete professional sports
4 : having or showing a quality appropriate in a profession He did a very professional job.

Other Words from professional

professionally adverb

professional

noun

Kids Definition of professional (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a person who does a job that requires special education or skill
2 : a person who is paid to participate in a sport or activity

professional

adjective
pro·​fes·​sion·​al | \ prə-ˈfesh-nəl, -ən-ᵊl How to pronounce professional (audio) \

Medical Definition of professional

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of a profession
2 : engaged in one of the learned professions
3 : characterized by or conforming to the technical or ethical standards of a profession

Other Words from professional

professionally \ -​ē How to pronounce professional (audio) \ adverb

professional

noun

Medical Definition of professional (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person who is professional especially : a person who engages in a pursuit or activity professionally

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