- an occupation requiring special training in the liberal arts or sciences, esp one of the three learned professions, law, theology, or medicine
- the body of people in such an occupation
- the act of professing; avowal; declaration
- Also called: profession of faith a declaration of faith in a religion, esp as made on entering the Church of that religion or an order belonging to it
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
- [countable] an occupation requiring a great deal of education or specialized training.
- any occupation, form of employment, or business: [countable]an interesting profession.[uncountable; by + ~]a teacher by profession.
- the group of persons working in such an occupation:[uncountable]thinks the medical profession is greatly overpaid.
- [countable] the declaring of one's belief in religion or a faith.
- a vocation requiring knowledge of some department of learning or science:the profession of teaching.Cf. learned profession.
- any vocation or business.
- the body of persons engaged in an occupation or calling:to be respected by the medical profession.
- the act of professing;
a declaration, whether true or false:professions of dedication.
- the declaration of belief in or acceptance of religion or a faith:the profession of Christianity.
- a religion or faith professed.
- the declaration made on entering into membership of a church or religious order.
- Medieval Latin professiōn- (stem of professiō) the taking of the vows of a religious order. See professed, -ion
- Middle English 1175–1225
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged calling, employment. See occupation.
- 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged asseveration, assertion, protestation.