What does property mean?

Here's a list of possible definitions for the term property:

Princeton's WordNet

  1. property, belongings, holding(noun)

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

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

  2. property(noun)

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

    "a study of the physical properties of atomic particles"

  3. place, property(noun)

    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, dimension(noun)

    a construct whereby objects or individuals can be distinguished

    "self-confidence is not an endearing property"

  5. property, prop(noun)

    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. property(Noun)

    Something that is owned.

    Leave those books alone! They are my property.

  2. property(Noun)

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

  3. property(Noun)

    real estate; the business of selling houses.

    He works in property as a housing consultant.

  4. property(Noun)

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

  5. property(Noun)

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

    Charm is his most endearing property

  6. property(Noun)

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

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

  7. property(Noun)

    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. property(Noun)

    An object used in a dramatic production

    Costumes and scenery are distinguished from property properly speaking

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Property(adj)

    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. Property(adj)

    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. Property(adj)

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

  4. Property(adj)

    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. Property(adj)

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

  6. Property(adj)

    propriety; correctness

  7. Property(verb)

    to invest which properties, or qualities

  8. Property(verb)

    to make a property of; to appropriate

  9. Origin: [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.

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


  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. Artem Nikishin:

    This is our property now.

  2. Lucius Annaeus Seneca:

    The best ideas are common property.

  3. Eric Zhang:

    I know the ins and outs of property.

  4. Wen Bin:

    The biggest concern is in the property market.

  5. President Nicolas Maduro:

    Citgo is the property of the Venezuelan state.

Images & Illustrations of property

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