Expert vs. Proficient

Expert vs. Proficient — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Expert and Proficient

Expertnoun

A person with a high degree of skill in or knowledge of a certain subject.

Proficientadjective

Having or marked by an advanced degree of competence, as in an art, vocation, profession, or branch of learning.

Expertadjective

Having, involving, or demonstrating skill in or knowledge of a certain subject.

Proficientnoun

A person who exhibits such competence; an expert.

Expertadjective

Extraordinarily capable or knowledgeable.

I am expert at making a simple situation complex.My cousin is an expert pianist.

Proficientadjective

Good at something; skilled; fluent; practiced, especially in relation to a task or skill.

He was a proficient writer with an interest in human nature.

Expertadjective

Characteristic of an expert.

This problem requires expert knowledge.

Proficientnoun

An expert.

Expertnoun

A person with extensive knowledge or ability in a given subject.

We called in several experts on the subject, but they couldn't reach an agreement.

Proficientadjective

having or showing knowledge and skill and aptitude;

adept in handicraftsan adept juggleran expert joba good mechanica practiced marksmana proficient engineera lesser-known but no less skillful composerthe effect was achieved by skillful retouching

Expertnoun

(chess) A player ranking just below master.

Expertnoun

a person with special knowledge or ability who performs skillfully

Expertadjective

having or showing knowledge and skill and aptitude;

adept in handicraftsan adept juggleran expert joba good mechanica practiced marksmana proficient engineera lesser-known but no less skillful composerthe effect was achieved by skillful retouching