Expert vs Professional - What's the difference?

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As adjectives the difference between expert and professional

is that expert is extraordinarily capable or knowledgeable while professional is of, pertaining to, or in accordance with the (usually high) standards of a profession.

As nouns the difference between expert and professional

is that expert is a person with extensive knowledge or ability in a given subject while professional is a person who belongs to a profession.

expert

English

(wikipedia expert)

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • Extraordinarily capable or knowledgeable.
  • I am expert at making a simple situation complex.
    My cousin is an expert pianist.
  • Characteristic of an expert.
  • This problem requires expert knowledge.

    Synonyms

    * See also

    Antonyms

    * inexpert * nonexpert

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A person with extensive knowledge or ability in a given subject.
  • * If an expert''' says it can't be done, get another '''expert . -
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  • (chess) A player ranking just below master.
  • professional

    English

    Noun

    (wikipedia professional) (en noun)
  • A person who belongs to a profession
  • A person who earns his living from a specified activity
  • An expert.
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  • I have learned that there is a person attached to a golf club called a professional'. Find out who fills that post at the Green Meadow Club; invite the ' professional , urgently, to dine with us this evening.

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Of, pertaining to, or in accordance with the (usually high) standards of a profession.
  • *
  • *:His forefathers had been, as a rule, professional men—physicians and lawyers; his grandfather died under the walls of Chapultepec Castle while twisting a tourniquet for a cursing dragoon; an uncle remained indefinitely at Malvern Hill;.
  • That is carried out for money, especially as a livelihood.
  • (lb) Expert.
  • Derived terms

    * non-professional, nonprofessional * professionalism * unprofessional