apt·​ly ˈap(t)-lē How to pronounce aptly (audio)
: in an apt manner : in a way that is fitting or appropriate
… at the edge of the vast desert aptly named the Empty Quarter …Geraldine Brooks
All her albums have famously been autobiographical, and her latest, the aptly titled Speak Now, is filled with emotionally charged songs she wrote about the past two years of her life …Joey Bartolomeo
Paganism in Rome fell victim not to intolerance but to the "institutionalized egotism" (to use a phrase aptly applied to the absolutist monarchy of Louis XIV) that was a central feature of the late Roman imperial system.Peter Brown

Examples of aptly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Winehouse’s true legacy will not for a moment be forgotten, and the forthcoming biopic Back to Black – aptly titled after Amy’s history-making album of the same name – will further ensure this certitude. Spin Contributor, SPIN, 10 May 2024 Where to stay: Located along the Magnificent Mile, the aptly named Aloft Chicago Mag Mile makes a great, affordable home base for exploring. Lauren Dana Ellman, Travel + Leisure, 9 May 2024 For accommodations, the Grand Hotel is not only aptly named but offers exceptional hospitality and some of the best island views. Julie Destefano, Robb Report, 7 May 2024 The pup, aptly named Shamrock, was born with a bold, green coat shortly before St. Patrick's Day. Kelli Bender, Peoplemag, 1 May 2024 The details are unclear, but the bar—which is notoriously difficult to find, and therefore aptly named—has for one thing maintained its quality with nothing short of steadfast joy. Charlie Hobbs, Condé Nast Traveler, 25 Apr. 2024 And Rear Window, Anatomy of a Murder, and Laura (the last of which is aptly named similarly to Twin Peaks' victim Laura Palmer) all concern investigating a murder case. Wesley Stenzel, EW.com, 24 Apr. 2024 The city and team signed a lease agreement for a new facility, aptly named Glendale Arena. The Arizona Republic, 17 Apr. 2024 In the visual, the duo is seen making woozy 360-degree rotations aptly timed to their bars and the beats. Althea Legaspi, Rolling Stone, 30 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1523, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of aptly was in 1523

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“Aptly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aptly. Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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