Definition of apropos in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˌaprəˈpəʊ
, ˈaprəpəʊ



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apropos of nothing

Having no relevance to any previous discussion or situation: Isabel kept smiling apropos of nothing
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  • Next morning, the Blonde said, apropos of nothing: ‘You know, I really hated that restaurant last night.’
  • Every so often, apropos of nothing except maybe the sudden recollection of why they forked out £15 for a ticket in the first place, they will turn round to face the stage, fling an arm in the air and shout ‘Whoo!’
  • While I was still wondering what all of this really meant Bea started telling me, apropos of nothing, something else I've heard about many times; about the breakdown her mother, your grandmother, suffered when Bea was ten years old.


mid 17th century: from French à propos '(with regard) to (this) purpose'.

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