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Date: 1800-1900
Origin: professional


1 noun
pro1 plural pros [countable]
1BO someone who is paid to do something, especially play a sport, that other people do for pleasure [= professional; ≠ amateur]:
a tennis pro
the small gap between top amateurs and pros in golf
2 informal also old pro someone who has had a lot of experience with a particular type of situation:
Cathy's an old pro at organizing raffles.

pros and cons

the advantages and disadvantages of something
the pros and cons of (doing) something
We discussed the pros and cons of going to university.
4 British English old-fashioned informalBO a prostitute
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