à propos

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English[edit]

Adverb[edit]

à propos

  1. Alternative form of apropos
    • 1831, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Romance and Reality, volume 1, page 53:
      windows are favourite seats; and who knows how much may be effected in a tête-à-tête, by the crimson shade of the curtain flitting over a fair cheek à propos?
    • 1915, W.S. Maugham, "Of Human Bondage", chapter 121:
      "You are an awfully good sort," he said to her once a propos of nothing at all.

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French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /a pʁɔ.po/
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Adverb[edit]

à propos

  1. opportunely, at the right time, just in time
    Synonyms: à point nommé, à pic
  2. by the way
    Synonym: au fait
  3. in connection, concerning, with regard, in reference

Derived terms[edit]

Descendants[edit]

  • Dutch: à propos
  • English: in point (calque)
  • Polish: à propos
  • Romanian: apropo
  • Swedish: apropå

Adjective[edit]

à propos (invariable)

  1. opportune, advisable, fitting, appropriate, apropos

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Polish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Unadapted borrowing from French à propos.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

à propos (not comparable)

  1. apropos (of an appropriate or pertinent nature)
    Synonyms: adekwatny, odpowiedni, stosowny
    Symfonia została przyjęta entuzjastycznie i – co szczególnie ciekawe – jako utwór szalenie à propos.The symphony was received enthusiastically and – what is particularly interesting – as a very apropos piece.

Adverb[edit]

à propos (not comparable)

  1. apropos, speaking of (incidentally)
    Synonyms: adekwatnie, odpowiednio, stosownie
    Prawda, że odezwałem się całkiem à propos?Didn't I say it quite apropos, huh?

Particle[edit]

à propos

  1. apropos, by the way, speaking of
    Synonym: przy okazji
    À propos brzydkich wyrazów, niedawno wyszła książka Patricii Evans pod tytułem Toksyczne słowa.Oh, and speaking of ugly words, a book by Patricia Evans called Toxic Words has recently come out.

Preposition[edit]

à propos

  1. apropos, speaking of (regarding or concerning) [+genitive = apropos what]
    Chciałem już zwrócić się do dziewczyny z jakąś uwagą à propos toaletowej sceny, natychmiast jednak ugryzłem się w język.I was about to address the girl with some remark apropos the toilet scene, but I immediately bit my tongue.

Further reading[edit]

  • à propos in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • à propos in Polish dictionaries at PWN