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apropos

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adverb ap·ro·pos \ˌa-prə-ˈpō, ˈa-prə-ˌ\

Definition of apropos

  1. 1 :  at an opportune time :  seasonably

  2. 2 :  by way of interjection or further comment :  with regard to the present topic



Examples of apropos

  1. <I went up to New York last weekend; apropos, have you seen your New York cousins lately?>



Origin of apropos

French à propos, literally, to the purpose


First Known Use: 1668

Rhymes with apropos

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adjective ap·ro·pos \ˌa-prə-ˈpō, ˈa-prə-ˌ\

Simple Definition of apropos

  • : suitable or appropriate

Full Definition of apropos

  1. :  being both relevant and opportune <apropos comments>

Examples of apropos

  1. This short yet spacious and powerful book … reminds us of the careful and apropos writing of J.M. Coetzee, W.G. Sebald and Uwe Timm. —Thomas McGuane, New York Times Book Review, 24 June 2007

  2. The late Kenneth Koch's description of Ashbery as “lazy and quick” remains thoroughly apropos; these 61 page-or-two poems can seem brilliantly tossed off, much like those in his 2000 collection, Your Name Here. The title is appropriate too: Chinese Whispers is the British name for the game of Telephone, where children (or adults) gather in a circle and whisper a “secret” word or phrase into the ear next to them. —Publishers Weekly, 19 Aug. 2002

  3. I wore a suit and tie to Christmas Eve dinner, and during dinner we drank toasts to ourselves and our similarly dressed friends, appropriate wine in apropos glasses. Our tree was decorated, most tastefully, with apt baubles bought from Georg Jensen. —Geoffrey Wolff, Granta, Autumn 1990

  4. The ceremony concluded with the reading of an apropos poem.

  5. The comment, though unexpected, was apropos.



Origin of apropos

(see 1apropos)


First Known Use: 1686

Synonym Discussion of apropos

relevant, germane, material, pertinent, apposite, applicable, apropos mean relating to or bearing upon the matter in hand. relevant implies a traceable, significant, logical connection <found material relevant to her case>. germane may additionally imply a fitness for or appropriateness to the situation or occasion <a point not germane to the discussion>. material implies so close a relationship that it cannot be dispensed with without serious alteration of the case <facts material to the investigation>. pertinent stresses a clear and decisive relevance <a pertinent observation>. apposite suggests a felicitous relevance <add an apposite quotation to the definition>. applicable suggests the fitness of bringing a general rule or principle to bear upon a particular case <the rule is not applicable in this case>. apropos suggests being both relevant and opportune <the quip was apropos>.

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apropos

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preposition ap·ro·pos \ˌa-prə-ˈpō, ˈa-prə-ˌ\

Simple Definition of apropos

  • : with regard to (something)

Full Definition of apropos

Examples of apropos

  1. <makes a number of telling observations apropos the current political situation>



Origin of apropos

(see 1apropos)


First Known Use: 1751




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