ap·​ro·​pos | \ ˌa-prə-ˈpō How to pronounce apropos (audio) , ˈa-prə-ˌpō \

Definition of apropos

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: being both relevant and opportune apropos comments



Definition of apropos (Entry 2 of 3)

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



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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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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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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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Mike Zimmer's cabin motif with game mounted on the walls was apropos. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "32 things we learned from the 2020 NFL draft," 28 Apr. 2020 As much as the draft not being held in Las Vegas is missing out on a spectacle, the virtual version might be far more apropos for Herbert, who will celebrate from home with his family. oregonlive, "Justin Herbert and the NFL draft: Journey from hometown hero to pro quarterback nearly complete for former Oregon Ducks star," 23 Apr. 2020 If ever there was an apropos song for the most unfortunate of endings to a season that held so much promise. oregonlive, "'There’s always going to be a little hole in my heart’: Oregon women’s basketball coping with reality of forever unfinished business," 13 Mar. 2020 John gets all the credit for the apropos CROSS THE BORDER and I NEED SOME SPACE bonuses. New York Times, "Don’t Panic," 26 Feb. 2020 But, considering the way things unfolded for the Blazers on Thursday, his humor was also apropos. oregonlive, "‘What deadline?’ After quiet NBA trade deadline, Portland Trail Blazers chase playoffs with familiar roster," 7 Feb. 2020 The group called itself Women to the Front (WTTF, an apropos acronym). Natalie Gontcharova, refinery29.com, "Here’s What The Change-Makers Of 2016 Have Done With All That Big Activist Energy," 30 Jan. 2020 Though this new guard of nocino is made and used in novel ways, the spirit still makes an apropos ending to a rich holiday meal, in keeping with tradition, and it can be poured as a winter warmer all season long. Regan Stephens, Fortune, "This Italian Spirit Is Perfect for Holiday Drinking," 21 Dec. 2019 The Duchess of Cambridge stepped out for an engagement today in shades of khaki green and plum, apropos for the cooling October weather. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Carries a Chanel Bag While Wearing Wide-Leg Pants and a Knit Sweater," 9 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of apropos


1686, in the meaning defined above


1751, in the meaning defined above


1668, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for apropos

Adjective, Preposition, and Adverb

French à propos, literally, to the purpose

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“Apropos.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apropos. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of apropos

: suitable or appropriate

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