From Middle English propertee, properte, propirte, proprete, borrowed from Anglo-Norman and Old French propreté, proprieté (“propriety, fitness, property”), from Latin proprietas (“a peculiarity, one's peculiar nature or quality, right or fact of possession, property”), from proprius (“special, particular, one's own”). Doublet of propriety.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈpɹɒp.ət.i/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈpɹɑp.ɚt.i/, [ˈpɹɑpɚɾi], enPR: prŏpʹərtēˌ
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- Hyphenation: prop‧erty
- Something that is owned.
- Leave those books alone! They are my property.
- Important types of property include real property (land), personal property (other physical possessions), and intellectual property (rights over artistic creations, inventions, etc.).
- A piece of real estate, such as a parcel of land.
- There is a large house on the property.
- Real estate; the business of selling houses.
- He works in property as a housing consultant.
- The exclusive right of possessing, enjoying and disposing of a thing.
- An attribute or abstract quality associated with an individual, object or concept.
- Charm is his most endearing property.
- 2013 July-August, Philip J. Bushnell, “Solvents, Ethanol, Car Crashes & Tolerance”, in American Scientist:
- Furthermore, this increase in risk is comparable to the risk of death from leukemia after long-term exposure to benzene, another solvent, which has the well-known property of causing this type of cancer.
- An attribute or abstract quality which is characteristic of a class of objects.
- Matter can have many properties, including color, mass and density.
- 2013 July-August, Lee S. Langston, “The Adaptable Gas Turbine”, in American Scientist:
- Turbines have been around for a long time—windmills and water wheels are early examples. The name comes from the Latin turbo, meaning vortex, and thus the defining property of a turbine is that a fluid or gas turns the blades of a rotor, which is attached to a shaft that can perform useful work.
- (computing) 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".
- (usually in the plural, theater) A prop, an object used in a dramatic production.
- Costumes and scenery are distinguished from property properly speaking.
- (obsolete) Propriety; correctness.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Camden to this entry?)
- (something owned): For semantic relationships of this term, see property in the Thesaurus.
- (piece of real estate): land, parcel
- (attribute or abstract quality of an object): For semantic relationships of this term, see characteristic in the Thesaurus.
- (object used in a dramatic production): prop
- abandoned property
- accidental property
- bound property
- chemical property
- country property
- essential property
- hot property
- intellectual property
- lost property
- man of property
- mechanical property
- mislaid property
- personal property
- physical property
- private property
- property file
- property ladder
- property law
- property line
- The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout#Translations.
- (obsolete) To invest with properties, or qualities.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)
- (obsolete) To make a property of; to appropriate.
- Your grace shall pardon me, I will not back:
- I am too high-born to be propertied,
- To be a secondary at control,
- Or useful serving-man and instrument,
- To any sovereign state throughout the world.