Degree vs Profession - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between degree and profession

is that degree is (obsolete|outside|heraldry) a step on a set of stairs; the rung of a ladder while profession is a promise or vow made on entering a religious order.



(wikipedia degree)


(en noun)
  • (obsolete, outside, heraldry) A step on a set of stairs; the rung of a ladder.
  • An individual step, or stage, in any process or scale of values.
  • A stage of rank or privilege; social standing.
  • * 1526 , (William Tyndale), trans. Bible , Luke XX:
  • Master, we knowe that thou sayest, and teachest ryght, nether considerest thou eny mannes degre , but techest the waye of god truely.
  • (genealogy) A ‘step’ in genealogical descent.
  • * 2002 , , The Great Nation , Penguin 2003, page 140:
  • Louis created the École militaire in Paris in 1751, in which 500 scholarships were designated for noblemen able to prove four degrees of noble status.
  • * 1851 , (Herman Melville), (Moby-Dick) :
  • If they but knew it, almost all men in their degree , some time or other, cherish very nearly the same feelings towards the ocean with me.
  • The amount that an entity possesses a certain property; relative intensity, extent.
  • *
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=1 , passage=In the old days, to my commonplace and unobserving mind, he gave no evidences of genius whatsoever. He never read me any of his manuscripts, […], and therefore my lack of detection of his promise may in some degree be pardoned.}}
  • A stage of proficiency or qualification in a course of study, now especially an award bestowed by a university or, in some countries, a college, as a certification of academic achievement. (In the United States, can include secondary schools.)
  • (geometry) A unit of measurement of angle equal to 1/360 of a circle's circumference.
  • (physics) A unit of measurement of temperature on any of several scales, such as Celsius or Fahrenheit.
  • (mathematics) The sum of the exponents of a term; the order of a polynomial.
  • (graph theory) The number of edges that a vertex takes part in; a valency.
  • (surveying) The curvature of a circular arc, expressed as the angle subtended by a fixed length of arc or chord.
  • Synonyms

    * (unit of angle) * (unit of temperature)

    Derived terms

    * academic degree * advanced degree * bachelor's degree * degree Celsius * degree centigrade * degree days * degree of frost * degree Fahrenheit * first degree burn * master's degree * second degree burn

    Coordinate terms

    * (l)

    Usage notes

    * A person who is engaged in a course of study leading to the earning of a degree can be described (in the present progressive tense) as "doing a degree" in British English, and as "getting a degree" in American English. For example, in American English, "She is currently getting''' her master's degree at State University."'' In British English, ''"I am still confused about when to use 'an' instead of 'a'. Is it an hour or a hour, and if someone is '''doing a master's degree in arts, is it an MA or a MA?" ( Ask Oxford.Com - Ask the Experts - Frequently Asked Questions (Grammar)).





    (en noun)
  • A promise or vow made on entering a religious order.
  • She died only a few years after her profession .
  • * 1796 , Matthew Lewis, The Monk , Folio Society 1985, p. 27:
  • Rosario was a young novice belonging to the monastery, who in three months intended to make his profession .
  • A declaration of belief, faith or of one's opinion.
  • Despite his continued professions of innocence, the court eventually sentenced him to five years.
  • 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.
  • My father was a barrister by profession .
  • The practitioners of such an occupation collectively.
  • His conduct is against the established practices of the legal profession .

    Derived terms

    * professional * liberal profession