- that which a person owns; the possession or possessions of a particular owner: They lost all their property in the fire.
- goods, land, etc., considered as possessions: The corporation is a means for the common ownership of property.
- a piece of land or real estate: property on Main Street.
- ownership; right of possession, enjoyment, or disposal of anything, especially of something tangible: to have property in land.
- something at the disposal of a person, a group of persons, or the community or public: The secret of the invention became common property.
- an essential or distinctive attribute or quality of a thing: the chemical and physical properties of an element.
- any attribute or characteristic.
- (in Aristotelian logic) an attribute not essential to a species but always connected with it and with it alone.
- Also called prop. a usually movable item, other than costumes or scenery, used on the set of a theater production, motion picture, etc.; any object handled or used by an actor in a performance.
- a written work, play, movie, etc., bought or optioned for commercial production or distribution.
- a person, especially one under contract in entertainment or sports, regarded as having commercial value: an actor who was a hot property at the time.
Origin of property
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Examples from the Web for property
Last week, property owners were beaten by security guards as they confronted a real-estate developer who defrauded them.
When the police showed up, it was the property owners who were arrested.
We employ inventory management to help solidify their property and make sure they have a better record of their possessions.The Insane $11 Billion Scam at Retailers’ Return Desks
December 19, 2014
The twin entrepreneurs and stars of HGTV's Property Brothers will be taking your questions live on Tuesday, December 16 at 2pm.Live Q&A: Drew and Jonathan Scott
The Daily Beast
December 16, 2014
In a Mass for his security teams, he said he wanted them to be more than protectors of property.Is The Pope Unprotected Now That He’s Fired the Head of the Swiss Guards?
Barbie Latza Nadeau
December 5, 2014
We have seen this unique book (now the property of Mr. Sam: Timmins).The Story of the Invention of Steel Pens
The property of the country belongs to the people of the country.
These are the property of peasant-owners, who dispose of their crops here and at Langogne.The Roof of France
I often said, 'It does not really belong to us, and we are living in luxury from the property of another.Rico and Wiseli
He wished to have the property and lives of the people of England entirely at his own disposal.Biographical Stories
- something of value, either tangible, such as land, or intangible, such as patents, copyrights, etc
- law the right to possess, use, and dispose of anything
- possessions collectively or the fact of owning possessions of value
- a piece of land or real estate, esp used for agricultural purposes
- (as modifier)property rights
- mainly Australian a ranch or station, esp a small one
- a quality, attribute, or distinctive feature of anything, esp a characteristic attribute such as the density or strength of a material
- logic obsolete another name for proprium
- any movable object used on the set of a stage play or filmUsually shortened to: prop
Word Origin and History for property
c.1300, properte, "nature, quality," later "possession, thing owned" (early 14c., a sense rare before 17c.), from an Anglo-French modification of Old French propriete "individuality, peculiarity; property" (12c., Modern French propreté; cf. propriety), from Latin proprietatem (nominative proprietas) "ownership, a property, propriety, quality," literally "special character" (a loan-translation of Greek idioma), noun of quality from proprius "one's own, special" (see proper). For "possessions, private property" Middle English sometimes used proper goods. Hot property "sensation, a success" is from 1947 in "Billboard" stories.