What does Property mean?

Definitions for Property
ˈprɒp ər tiprop·er·ty

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Property.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. property, belongings, holdingnoun

    something owned; any tangible or intangible possession that is owned by someone

    "that hat is my property"; "he is a man of property";

  2. propertynoun

    a basic or essential attribute shared by all members of a class

    "a study of the physical properties of atomic particles"

  3. place, propertynoun

    any area set aside for a particular purpose

    "who owns this place?"; "the president was concerned about the property across from the White House"

  4. property, attribute, dimensionnoun

    a construct whereby objects or individuals can be distinguished

    "self-confidence is not an endearing property"

  5. property, propnoun

    any movable articles or objects used on the set of a play or movie

    "before every scene he ran down his checklist of props"


  1. propertynoun

    Something that is owned.

    Leave those books alone! They are my property.

  2. propertynoun

    A piece of real estate, such as a parcel of land.

  3. propertynoun

    real estate; the business of selling houses.

    He works in property as a housing consultant.

  4. propertynoun

    The exclusive right of possessing, enjoying and disposing of a thing.

  5. propertynoun

    An attribute or abstract quality associated with an individual, object or concept.

    Charm is his most endearing property

  6. propertynoun

    An attribute or abstract quality which is characteristic of a class of objects.

    Matter can have many properties, including color, mass and density.

  7. propertynoun

    An editable or read-only parameter associated with an application, component or class, or the value of such a parameter.

    You need to set the debugging property to "verbose".

  8. propertynoun

    An object used in a dramatic production

    Costumes and scenery are distinguished from property properly speaking

  9. Etymology: From / proprete, from propreté, from propriete (modern propriété), itself, from proprietas, from proprius 'own'.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Propertynoun

    Etymology: from proper.

    What special property or quality is that, which being no where found but in sermons, maketh them effectual to save souls? Richard Hooker, b. v. s. 22.

    A secondary essential mode, is any attribute of a thing, which is not of primary consideration, and is called a property. Isaac Watts.

    ’Tis conviction, not force, that must induce assent; and sure the logick of a conquering sword has no great property that way; silence it may, but convince it cannot. D. of Piety.

    It is the property of an old sinner to find delight in reviewing his own villanies in others. Robert South, Sermons.

    Some have been deceived into an opinion, that the inheritance of rule over men, and property in things, sprung from the same original, and were to descend by the same rules. John Locke.

    Property, whose original is from the right a man has to use any of the inferior creatures, for subsistence and comfort, is for the sole advantage of the proprietor, so that he may even destroy the thing that he has property in. John Locke.

    For numerous blessings yearly show’r’d,
    And property with plenty crown’d,
    Accept our pious praise. Dryden.

    ’Tis a thing impossible
    I should love thee but as a property. William Shakespeare.

    No wonder such men are true to a government, where liberty runs so high, where property is so well secured. Jonathan Swift.

    Here I disclaim all my paternal care,
    Propinquity, and property of blood,
    And as a stranger to my heart and me,
    Hold thee. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    I will draw a bill of properties, such as our play wants. William Shakespeare, Midsummer’s Night’s Dream.

    The purple garments raise the lawyer’s fees,
    High pomp and state are useful properties. Dryden.

    Greenfield was the name of the property man in that time, who furnished implements for the actors. Alexander Pope.

    Our poets excel in grandity and gravity, smoothness and property, in quickness and briefness. William Camden.

  2. To Propertyverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    His rear’d arm
    Crested the world; his voice was property’d
    As all the tuned spheres. William Shakespeare, Ant. and Cleop.

    His large fortune
    Subdues and properties to his love and tendance
    All sorts of hearts. William Shakespeare, Timon of Athens.

    They have here propertied me, keep me in darkness, and do all they can to face me out of my wits. William Shakespeare.

    I am too highborn to be propertied,
    To be a secondary at controul. William Shakespeare, King John.


  1. property

    Property refers to something that is owned by an individual or group, over which they have legal rights and control. It can be tangible, such as real estate, cars, furniture, or intangible like copyrights, patents, or financial assets. Property encompasses both personal property (movable properties) and real property (immovable properties like land or buildings).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Propertyadjective

    that which is proper to anything; a peculiar quality of a thing; that which is inherent in a subject, or naturally essential to it; an attribute; as, sweetness is a property of sugar

  2. Propertyadjective

    an acquired or artificial quality; that which is given by art, or bestowed by man; as, the poem has the properties which constitute excellence

  3. Propertyadjective

    the exclusive right of possessing, enjoying, and disposing of a thing; ownership; title

  4. Propertyadjective

    that to which a person has a legal title, whether in his possession or not; thing owned; an estate, whether in lands, goods, or money; as, a man of large property, or small property

  5. Propertyadjective

    all the adjuncts of a play except the scenery and the dresses of the actors; stage requisites

  6. Propertyadjective

    propriety; correctness

  7. Propertyverb

    to invest which properties, or qualities

  8. Propertyverb

    to make a property of; to appropriate

  9. Etymology: [OE. proprete, OF. propret property, F. propret neatness, cleanliness, proprit property, fr. L. proprietas. See Proper, a., and cf. Propriety.]


  1. Property

    Property is any physical or intangible entity that is owned by a person or jointly by a group of people or a legal entity like a corporation. Depending on the nature of the property, an owner of property has the right to consume, sell, rent, mortgage, transfer, exchange or destroy it, or to exclude others from doing these things. The Restatement of Property defines Property as any thing, tangible or intangible whereby a legal relationship between persons and the State enforces a possessory interest or legal title in that thing. This mediating relationship between individual, property and state is called as property regimes. Important widely recognized types of property include real property, personal property, private property, public property and intellectual property, although the latter is not always as widely recognized or enforced. A title, or a right of ownership, establishes the relation between the property and other persons, assuring the owner the right to dispose of the property as the owner sees fit.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Property

    prop′ėr-ti, n. that which is proper to any person or thing: a quality which is always present: any quality: that which is one's own: an estate: right of possessing, employing, &c.: ownership: (Shak.) individuality: (pl.) articles required by actors in a play.—v.t. (Shak.) to invest with certain properties: to make a tool of, appropriate.—adj. Prop′ertied, possessed of property or possessions.—ns. Prop′erty-man, -mas′ter, one who has charge of the stage properties in a theatre; Prop′erty-room, the room in which the stage properties of a theatre are kept; Prop′erty-tax, a tax paid by persons possessed of property, at the rate of so much per cent. on its value.—Movable or Personal property, property that may attend the person of the owner, movables; Private property, that which belongs to an individual for his personal disposition and use—opp. to Public property; Real property, lands, tenements, and hereditaments, real estate; Qualified property, the right a man has in reclaimed wild animals—also called Special property: such right as a bailee has in the chattel transferred to him by the bailment. [O. Fr. properte—a doublet of propriety.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. property

    1. Anything that may be owned. 2. As used in the military establishment, this term is usually confined to tangible property, including real estate and materiel. For special purposes and as used in certain statutes, this term may exclude such items as the public domain, certain lands, certain categories of naval vessels, and records of the Federal Government.

Editors Contribution

  1. property

    A dwelling or form of housing.

    The property was beautifully advertised and did reflect the true price.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 29, 2020  

  2. property

    A type of space and structure.

    The property market consists of apartments, flats, houses, business premises, shops and other types of properties.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 15, 2020  

  3. property

    An area created for a specific purpose.

    The property was a size reasonable to meet a need.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 13, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Property' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #772

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Property' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1497

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Property' in Nouns Frequency: #229

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Property in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Property in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of Property in a Sentence

  1. William Howard Taft:

    Next to the right of liberty, the right of property is the most important individual right guaranteed by the Constitution and the one which, united with that of personal liberty, has contributed more to the growth of civilization than any other institution established by the human race.

  2. Metro Nashville Police Department:

    The teen said he tossed a firework onto the property where the SUV was parked, catching it on fire.

  3. Merrick Garland:

    The People's Republic of China is a serious threat to our intellectual property. They represent a serious threat with respect to espionage.

  4. Ed Santillan:

    We are thrilled with the decision of the commonwealth court and my client cried tears of joy when she heard the news, i think when you read the opinion it is clear that the property should never have been sold.

  5. Daman Prakash Rathod:

    It is easier to hide unaccounted money in gold compared to other asset classes like property or shares. Such people are unlikely to switch to gold bonds.

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Translations for Property

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  • ملك, ملكية, خاصية, خاصةArabic
  • propietat, possessió, pertinençaCatalan, Valencian
  • vlastnictví, nemovitost, vlastnost, majetekCzech
  • egenskab, ejendom, besiddelse, ejendomsretDanish
  • Eigenschaft, Anwesen, Besitz, Grundbesitz, Eigentum, GrundstückGerman
  • ιδιοκτησία, ιδιότητα, κτήμαGreek
  • eco, propraĵo, proprieto, trajto, posedaĵo, bieno, propreco, proprietaĵo, havoEsperanto
  • propiedad, pertenecia, cualidad, posesión, finca, bienesSpanish
  • خاصیتPersian
  • ominaisuus, tontti, omistusoikeus, kiinteistö, omaisuus, tila, määräala, omistusFinnish
  • ogn, ognarrættur, eginleikiFaroese
  • propriété, possession, accessoire, domaineFrench
  • eigenskipWestern Frisian
  • dílseacht, seilbh, sealúchas, réadmhaoin, maoinIrish
  • sealbhScottish Gaelic
  • propiedadeGalician
  • מאפיין, תכונה, זכות הקניין, נכס, רכושHebrew
  • संपत्तिHindi
  • tulajdonjog, tulajdon, tulajdonság, kellék, ingatlan, birtokHungarian
  • ունեցվածք, անշարժ գույք, գույք, սեփականությունArmenian
  • proprietate, possession, immobile, peculioInterlingua
  • proprietajo, posedajo, havajo, proprietoIdo
  • eiginleiki, fasteign, eign, landeignIcelandic
  • possesso, qualità, beni, proprietà, possidenza, beni immobiliItalian
  • 特性, 資産, 特徴, 所有物, 所有権, 属性, 財産, 所有地Japanese
  • საკუთრებაGeorgian
  • ទ្រព្យ, អចលវត្ថុKhmer
  • 소유관, 소유지, 재산, 소유물, 성질Korean
  • res, dominium, possessio, proprietās, bona, possessionemLatin
  • nuosavybė, savybė, turtasLithuanian
  • īpašumsLatvian
  • fananana, tondroMalagasy
  • hautaongaMāori
  • своина, сопственост, својство, реквизит, имот, поседокMacedonian
  • eiendom, eiendomsrett, egenskap, løsøreNorwegian
  • eigendomsrecht, kenmerk, bezitting, eigenschap, eigendom, goed, rekwisiet, bezit, karakteristiek, pandDutch
  • lausøyre, eigenskap, eigedomsrett, eigedomNorwegian Nynorsk
  • tomtNorwegian
  • własność, posiadłość, wyróżnik, posesja, prawo własności, właściwość, cecha, posiadaniePolish
  • propriedade, acessório, possessão, qualidade, bemPortuguese
  • posesie, atribut, drept de proprietate, caracter, posesiune, însușire, proprietateRomanian
  • свойство, собственность, качество, недвижимость, право собственности, имуществоRussian
  • власништво, svójstvo, imánje, посед, svojìna, gospodárstvo, својина, posed, pósjed, osobìna, vlȃsnīštvoSerbo-Croatian
  • majetokSlovak
  • lastnost, lastnina, last, lastništvoSlovene
  • egendom, rekvisita, egenskapSwedish
  • சொத்துTamil
  • ఆస్తిTelugu
  • คุณสมบัติThai
  • mal, mülk, vasıf, emlak, nitelik, mülkiyetTurkish
  • власність, якість, властивість, майноUkrainian
  • bất động sảnVietnamese
  • dalabot, ledutodVolapük
  • 屬性Chinese

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