Definition of apropos in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌaprəˈpō/


With reference to; concerning: she remarked apropos of the initiative, “It’s not going to stop the abuse.”
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  • ‘There was hardly any control in Parliament,’ he continued, apropos of the parliamentary abortion debate.
  • For example, apropos of ‘design accumulation’ in Yoruba beading, Roy told us that ‘each large bead [has] its own circle of smaller beads’.
  • I don't seem to be able to mount this in comments, so, apropos of Andrew's comment below and my response, here is a picture of the card on which the alleged defamation occurred.


[sentence adverb] (apropos of nothing)
Used to state a speaker’s belief that someone’s comments or acts are unrelated 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.
irrelevantly, arbitrarily, at random, for no reason, illogically


Very appropriate to a particular situation: the composer’s reference to child’s play is apropos
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  • Her hunger pangs serve as an apropos metaphor for her literary life.
  • A more apropos quote from him would be this: ‘It is not by speeches and debates that the great issues of the day will be decided, but by blood and iron.’
  • This film did indeed seem particularly apropos given how important the subject of veiling has become in public debates in France, where girls have been forbidden to wear veils in public schools.


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

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Syllabification: ap·ro·pos

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