[ ap-ruh-poh ]
/ ˌæp rəˈpoʊ /


fitting; at the right time; to the purpose; opportunely.
Obsolete. by the way.


opportune; pertinent: apropos remarks.

Nearby words

  1. aproctia,
  2. apron,
  3. apron piece,
  4. apron stage,
  5. apron strings,
  6. apropos of,
  7. aprosopia,
  8. aprotic,
  9. aprowl,
  10. après


    apropos of, with reference to; in respect or regard to: apropos of the preceding statement.

Origin of apropos

1660–70; < French à propos literally, to purpose < Latin ad prōpositum. See ad-, proposition

Can be confusedappropriate apropos expropriate

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British Dictionary definitions for apropos


/ (ˌæprəˈpəʊ) /


appropriate; pertinent


appropriately or pertinently
by the way; incidentally
apropos of (preposition) with regard to; in respect of

Word Origin for apropos

C17: from French à propos to the purpose

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Word Origin and History for apropos



1660s, "opportunely," from French à propos "to the purpose," from propos "thing said in conversation, talk; purpose, plan," from Latin propositium "purpose," past participle of proponere "to set forth, propose" (see propound). Meaning "as regards" is 1761, from French. As an adjective, "to the point or purpose," from 1690s.

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