apropos

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

Definition of apropos 

(Entry 1 of 3)

: being both relevant and opportune apropos comments

apropos

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

Definition of apropos (Entry 2 of 3)

: with regard to (something) : apropos of Apropos the proposed changes, I think more information is needed.

apropos

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

Definition of apropos (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : at an opportune time : seasonably Your letter arrived apropos.

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

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Adjective

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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Preposition

English borrowed "apropos" from the French phrase à propos, literally "to the purpose." Since it first appeared in 1668, "apropos" has been used as an adverb, adjective, noun, and preposition. Left alone, the word probably wouldn't have gotten much attention, but in 1926 noted language expert H. W. Fowler declared that "apropos" should always be followed by "of." Since then, most commentators have felt compelled to take note of the term. Some take Fowler's recommendation to be virtually a commandment, but others note that "apropos" is sometimes used by itself in professionally edited prose, or, more rarely, followed by "to."

Examples of apropos in a Sentence

Adjective

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 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 The ceremony concluded with the reading of an apropos poem. The comment, though unexpected, was apropos.

Adverb

I went up to New York last weekend; apropos, have you seen your New York cousins lately?
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In any case, the timing of your question is apropos. Patty Khuly, miamiherald, "Cat’s hairballs are undeniably gross, but necessary and normal | Miami Herald," 5 Apr. 2018 The slogan is apropos given that the university’s athletic teams are the Cowboys and Cowgirls. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Higher Ed Needs More Cowboys," 12 July 2018 To have a bridge going from Windsor to Detroit is really apropos. Chris Nelsen, Detroit Free Press, "Gordie Howe's children: No grudges toward Morouns over bridge opposition," 7 July 2018 Jack’s not a huge beer drinker, but the theme was apropos — so each guest brought a bottle of beer as a gift, and/or made a donation to Our Towns Habitat’s Women Build program (more than $2,500 was collected). Théoden Janes, charlotteobserver, "She did what she could to keep her 99-year-old dad from skydiving. He jumped anyway.," 28 June 2018 The breezy wrap dress was apropos for a summer wedding. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Channeled Princess Diana in Her Printed Blue Dress," 18 June 2018 Meghan opted for a halter-neck style from the designer whose best known for her eco-conscious production practices, an apropos fit for Harry and Meghan's passions for conservation and the environment. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Brides Can Shop Meghan Markle's Bridal Styles Online–For Under $5,000," 19 May 2018 Each are accompanied by a skit of sorts and an apropos dance song. Dewayne Bevil, OrlandoSentinel.com, "First look: Edna Mode, 'Incredibles' expo at Disney World," 25 May 2018 Finally, for the first time, Food & Dining welcomes Between Bites, the Chicago organization that brings together chefs and writers who share their stories about food and life, an apropos program given this year’s festival theme, Storytelling. Joe Gray, chicagotribune.com, "Printers Row Lit Fest packs Chicago chefs onto Food & Dining stage," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of apropos

Adjective

1686, in the meaning defined above

Preposition

1751, in the meaning defined above

Adverb

1668, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for apropos

Adjective

French à propos, literally, to the purpose

Preposition

see apropos entry 1

Adverb

see apropos entry 1

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apropos

preposition

English Language Learners Definition of apropos

: with regard to (something)

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