Definitions for properˈprɒp ər
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
adapted or appropriate to the purpose or circumstances; suitable.
conforming to established standards of behavior or manners; correct or decorous.
belonging or pertaining exclusively to a person, thing, or group.
in the strict sense (usu. used postpositively):
Shellfish do not belong to the fishes proper.
normal or regular.
belonging to oneself or itself; own.
Chiefly Brit. complete; thorough:
a proper thrashing.
Eccles. used only on a particular day or festival.
Math. (of a subset of a set) not equal to the whole set.
(adv.)Chiefly Dial. thoroughly; completely.
(n.)Eccles. a special office or special parts of an office appointed for a particular day or time.
Origin of proper:
1250–1300; ME propre < OF < L proprius one's own
marked by suitability or rightness or appropriateness
"proper medical treatment"; "proper manners"
having all the qualities typical of the thing specified
"wanted a proper dinner; not just a snack"; "he finally has a proper job"
limited to the thing specified
"the city proper"; "his claim is connected with the deed proper"
appropriate for a condition or purpose or occasion or a person's character, needs
"everything in its proper place"; "the right man for the job"; "she is not suitable for the position"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
correct or appropriate
Try to use the proper scientific terms.
behaving according to social rules
My grandmother was very proper.
properly; thoroughly; completely
Accurate, strictly applied.
Origin: From proper, propre, propre (French: propre), and their source, proprius.
belonging to one; one's own; individual
belonging to the natural or essential constitution; peculiar; not common; particular; as, every animal has his proper instincts and appetites
befitting one's nature, qualities, etc.; suitable in all respect; appropriate; right; fit; decent; as, water is the proper element for fish; a proper dress
becoming in appearance; well formed; handsome
pertaining to one of a species, but not common to the whole; not appellative; -- opposed to common; as, a proper name; Dublin is the proper name of a city
rightly so called; strictly considered; as, Greece proper; the garden proper
represented in its natural color; -- said of any object used as a charge
properly; hence, to a great degree; very; as, proper good
The Proper is a part of the Christian liturgy that varies according to the date, either representing an observance within the Liturgical Year, or of a particular saint or significant event. The term is used in contrast to the ordinary, which is that part of the liturgy that is reasonably constant, or at least selected without regard to date, or to the common, which contains those parts of the liturgy that are common to an entire category of saints, such as Apostles or Martyrs. Propers may include hymns and prayers in the Canonical Hours and in the Eucharist.
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'proper' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1730
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'proper' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1016
Rank popularity for the word 'proper' in Adjectives Frequency: #196
Translations for proper
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
right, correct, or suitable
That isn't the proper way to clean the windows; You should have done your schoolwork at the proper time; – it's too late to start now.
- behoorlik, regteAfrikaans
- مُلائِم، صَحيحArabic
- corretoPortuguese (BR)
- správný, vhodnýCzech
- σωστός, κατάλληλοςGreek
- correcto, adecuadoSpanish
- sobiv, sünnisEstonian
- נָכוֹן, מַתאִיםHebrew
- उचित, ठीक, सहीHindi
- helyes, megfelelőHungarian
- réttur, viðeigandiIcelandic
- corretto, giustoItalian
- tinkamas, tikrasLithuanian
- īsts; pareizs; piemērotsLatvian
- rett, riktigNorwegian
- وړ، مناسبPashto
- правильный, надлежащийRussian
- správny, vhodnýSlovak
- rätt, riktigSwedish
- 適當的Chinese (Trad.)
- درست، مناسبUrdu
- đúng; thích hợpVietnamese
- 适当的Chinese (Simp.)
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