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Topic: OCCUPATIONS

Date: 1800-1900
Origin: professional

pro

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.
3

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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