[ ap-ruh-poh ]
/ ˌæp rəˈpoʊ /


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


opportune; pertinent: apropos remarks.


    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 confused

appropriate 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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