noun, plural prop·er·ties.

Nearby words

  1. properdin system,
  2. properly,
  3. propertied,
  4. propertius,
  5. propertius, sextus,
  6. property bond,
  7. property centre,
  8. property damage insurance,
  9. property man,
  10. property right

Origin of property

1275–1325; Middle English proprete possession, attribute, what is one's own, equivalent to propre proper + -te -ty2. See propriety

1. belongings. 3. acreage. 6. feature.

Related formsprop·er·ty·less, noun

Synonym study

1. Property, chattels, effects, estate, goods refer to what is owned. Property is the general word: She owns a great deal of property. He said that the umbrella was his property. Chattels is a term for pieces of personal property or movable possessions; it may be applied to livestock, automobiles, etc.: a mortgage on chattels. Effects is a term for any form of personal property, including even things of the least value: All his effects were insured against fire. Estate refers to property of any kind that has been, or is capable of being, handed down to descendants or otherwise disposed of in a will: He left most of his estate to his niece. It may consist of personal estate (money, valuables, securities, chattels, etc.), or real estate (land and buildings). Goods refers to household possessions or other movable property, especially that comprising the stock in trade of a business: The store arranged its goods on shelves. 6. See quality. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for property


noun plural -ties

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
  1. a piece of land or real estate, esp used for agricultural purposes
  2. (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 for property

C13: from Old French propriété, from Latin proprietās something personal, from proprius one's own

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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.

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