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


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.


I went up to New York last weekend; apropos, have you seen your New York cousins lately?
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Yet Sunday night’s 21st rendition was apropos for perhaps a more significant reason: The very future of how the game might be played unfolded at Progessive Field. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Futures Game: Tiebreaker can't break 2-2 deadlock, but will it ever catch on at MLB level?," 7 July 2019 To use an unfortunately apropos metaphor, all that pressure will eventually force a hole in the dam. Bill Mckibben, The New Yorker, "Why Donald Trump Suddenly Decided to Talk About the Environment," 9 July 2019 Her final episode aired in April with an apropos wedding scene. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle's Latest Royal Meeting Is a Nod to Her Acting Roots," 13 Dec. 2018 Starting from the ground up, Roger Vivier's metallic slides are perfectly suited for outdoors and in, while La Costa Del Algodón makes divine robes that could double as gala-apropos gowns in a pinch. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "All Dressed Up and Nowhere to Go: The Best Looks to Wear at Home," 25 Feb. 2019 Please, no more awkwardly wedged-in, vaguely apropos musical performances. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "The Most Awkward Moments from the 2019 Oscars," 25 Feb. 2019 Today, however, the Duchess's outfit is apropos for a working environment. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Wears a Chic Gray Blazer in Essex," 30 Oct. 2018 They weren't allowed to take photographs, but said the arrangements were very apropos for the season. Rose Minutaglio, Town & Country, "A Guest at Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's Wedding Reveals What You Didn't See On Camera," 12 Oct. 2018 Yesterday on a Milanese balcony, the super debuted a mane of pin-straight brunette that swung several extra inches past the culmination point of her abbreviated chop, the setting infinitely apropos for a let-down-her-hair moment. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Bella Hadid Brings the Drama to Milan Fashion Week With Long Hair Worthy of This Italian Icon," 19 Sep. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'apropos.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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The first known use of apropos was in 1668

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English Language Learners Definition of apropos

: suitable or appropriate

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