[ proh-ping-kwi-tee ]
/ proʊˈpɪŋ kwɪ ti /


nearness in place; proximity.
nearness of relation; kinship.
affinity of nature; similarity.
nearness in time.

Nearby words

  1. prophets,
  2. prophylactic,
  3. prophylactic treatment,
  4. prophylaxis,
  5. propine,
  6. propiomazine,
  7. propionaldehyde,
  8. propionate,
  9. propionibacteria,
  10. propionibacterium

Origin of propinquity

1350–1400; Middle English propinquite < Latin propinquitās nearness, equivalent to propinqu(us) near (prop(e) near (see pro-1) + -inquus adj. suffix) + -itās -ity Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for propinquity


/ (prəˈpɪŋkwɪtɪ) /


nearness in place or time
nearness in relationship

Word Origin for propinquity

C14: from Latin propinquitās closeness, from propinquus near, from prope near by

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Word Origin and History for propinquity



late 14c., "nearness in relation, kinship," later also "physical nearness" (early 15c.), from Old French propinquite (13c.) and directly from Latin propinquitatem (nominative propinquitas) "nearness, vicinity; relationship, affinity," from propinquus "near, neighboring," from prope "near" (enlarged from PIE *pro "before;" see pro-) + suffix -inquus.

Nothing propinks like propinquity [Ian Fleming, chapter heading, "Diamonds are Forever," 1956; phrase popularized 1960s by U.S. diplomat George Ball]
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