Definitions of professional

  1. an authority qualified to teach apprentices
  2. a person engaged in one of the learned professions
  3. Of or pertaining to a profession, or calling; conforming to the rules or standards of a profession; following a profession; as, professional knowledge; professional conduct.
  4. Engaged in by professionals; as, a professional race; -- opposed to amateur.
  5. A person who prosecutes anything professionally, or for a livelihood, and not in the character of an amateur; a professional worker.
  6. One who makes his living by an occupation, as distinguished from an amateur.
  7. Professionalism.
  8. One who makes his living by an art, as opposed to an amateur who practices it merely for pastime.
  9. One who makes his living by an art which to others is a pastime.
  10. Professionally.
  11. 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"
  12. characteristic of or befitting a profession or one engaged in a profession; " professional conduct"; " professional ethics"; " a thoroughly professional performance"
  13. engaged in by members of a profession; " professional occupations include medicine and the law and teaching"
  14. of or relating to a profession; " we need professional advice"; " professional training"; " professional equipment for his new office"
  15. Pertaining to a calling or occupation requiring a superior education; following a calling as a means of livelihood; as, a professional baseball player.
  16. Pertaining to a profession.
  17. Pertaining to a profession, or business.