AskDefine | Define apropos

Dictionary Definition

apropos adj : of an appropriate or pertinent nature [ant: malapropos] adv
1 by the way; "apropos, can you lend me some money for the weekend?" [syn: incidentally]
2 at an opportune time; "your letter arrived apropos" [syn: seasonably, timely, well-timed]

User Contributed Dictionary



à propos, by the way


IPA: WEAE /ˌæp.ɹəˈpo/


apropos (no comparative or superlative)
  1. Of an appropriate or pertinent nature.


  • Russian: уместный, подходящий


  1. regarding or concerning
    Apropos the return home of the body of old King Nicholas of Montenegro ('Communists allow burial of Montenegro's last king', 2 October): King Alexander of Yugoslavia was his grandson, not his son-in-law.


regarding or concerning
  • French: à propos
  • Romanian: apropo de
  • Russian: кстати
  • Spanish: a propósito
  • Swedish: apropå


Derived terms


  1. “By the way”.
  2. timely, at a good time.


by the way
  • German: apropos
  • Russian: кстати
timely, at a good time
  • German: apropos
  • Russian: кстати, вовремя, уместно


Sherlock Holmes rose and lit his pipe. “No doubt you think that you are complimenting me in comparing me to Dupin,” he observed. “Now, in my opinion, Dupin was a very inferior fellow. That trick of his of breaking in on his friends' thoughts with an apropos remark after a quarter of an hour's silence is really very showy and superficial. He had some analytical genius, no doubt; but he was by no means such a phenomenon as Poe appeared to imagine.” —Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in A Study in Scarlet



From à propos


  1. apropos

Extensive Definition

Apropos (French for about "à propos") may refer to:
apropos in German: Apropos

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

a propos, about, ad rem, adapted, admissible, against, anent, appertaining, applicable, applying, apposite, appropriate, apropos of, apt, as for, as regards, as respects, as to, becoming, befitting, belonging, by the by, by the way, concerning, dovetailing, en passant, felicitous, fit, fitted, fitting, for example, geared, germane, happy, in passing, in point, in re, in reference to, in respect to, incidentally, involving, just right, likely, material, meet, meshing, on the button, opportune, par exemple, parenthetically, pat, pertaining, pertinent, proper, qualified, re, regarding, relevant, respecting, right, seasonable, sortable, speaking of, suitable, suited, suiting, tailored, to the point, to the purpose, touching, toward, with respect to
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