profession etymology

English word profession comes from Latin profiteor (I declare publicly) and came to mean 'a paid occupation' through the implication of one professing to be skilled at something

Detailed word origin of profession

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
profiteor Latin (lat) I declare publicly, own (up to) or confess openly, acknowledge, avow, profess.. I make a public statement or a return of.. I make a show of, show, display.. I offer freely, promise.. I profess, claim; I declare myself (as), practice (as).
profiteri Latin (lat)
professionem Latin (lat)
profession Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro) Profession; declaration (usually of faith).
professioun Anglo-Norman (xno)
profession English (eng) A declaration of belief, faith or of one's opinion.. A promise or vow made on entering a religious order.. An occupation, trade, craft, or activity in which one has a professed expertise in a particular area; a job, especially one requiring a high level of skill or training.. The practitioners of such an occupation collectively.

Words with the same origin as profession

Descendants of profiteor
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