|a.||1.||Of or pertaining to a profession, or calling; conforming to the rules or standards of a profession; following a profession; |
|2.||Engaged in by professionals; |
|n.||1.||A person who prosecutes anything professionally, or for a livelihood, and not in the character of an amateur; a professional worker.|
|Noun||1.||professional - a person engaged in one of the learned professions|
Synonyms: professional person
|2.||professional - an athlete who plays for pay|
amateur - does not play for pay
|3.||professional - an authority qualified to teach apprentices|
|Adj.||1.||professional - engaged in a profession or engaging in as a profession or means of livelihood; "the professional man or woman possesses distinctive qualifications"; "began her professional career after the Olympics"; "professional theater"; "professional football"; "a professional cook"; "professional actors and athletes"|
nonprofessional - not professional; not engaged in a profession or engaging in as a profession or for gain; "the nonprofessional wives of his male colleagues"; "nonprofessional actors"
|2.||professional - of or relating to or suitable as a profession; "professional organizations"; "a professional field such as law"|
|3.||professional - characteristic of or befitting a profession or one engaged in a profession; "professional conduct"; "professional ethics"; "a thoroughly professional performance"|
unprofessional - not characteristic of or befitting a profession or one engaged in a profession; "described in unprofessional language so that high school students could understand it"; "was censured for unprofessional conduct"; "unprofessional repairs"
|4.||professional - of or relating to a profession; "we need professional advice"; "professional training"; "professional equipment for his new office"|
|5.||professional - engaged in by members of a profession; "professional occupations include medicine and the law and teaching"|