from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Something owned; a possession.
- n. A piece of real estate: has a swimming pool on the property.
- n. Something tangible or intangible to which its owner has legal title: properties such as copyrights and trademarks.
- n. Possessions considered as a group.
- n. The right of ownership; title.
- n. An article, except costumes and scenery, that appears on the stage or on screen during a dramatic performance.
- n. A characteristic trait or peculiarity, especially one serving to define or describe its possessor.
- n. A characteristic attribute possessed by all members of a class. See Synonyms at quality.
- n. A special capability or power; a virtue: the chemical properties of a metal.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Something that is owned.
- n. A piece of real estate, such as a parcel of land.
- n. real estate; the business of selling houses.
- n. The exclusive right of possessing, enjoying and disposing of a thing.
- n. An attribute or abstract quality associated with an individual, object or concept.
- n. An attribute or abstract quality which is characteristic of a class of objects.
- n. An editable or read-only parameter associated with an application, component or class, or the value of such a parameter.
- n. An object used in a dramatic production
- v. To invest with properties, or qualities.
- v. To make a property of; to appropriate.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. An acquired or artificial quality; that which is given by art, or bestowed by man.
- n. The exclusive right of possessing, enjoying, and disposing of a thing; ownership; title.
- n. 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.
- n. All the adjuncts of a play except the scenery and the dresses of the actors; stage requisites.
- n. Propriety; correctness.
- transitive v. To invest which properties, or qualities.
- transitive v. To make a property of; to appropriate.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Any character always present in an individual or a class; an essential attribute; a peculiar quality; loosely, any quality or characteristic.
- n. In logic, a character which belongs to the whole of a species, and to nothing else, but not to the essence or definition.
- n. The right to the use or enjoyment or the beneficial right of disposal of anything that can be the subject of ownership; ownership; estate; especially, ownership of tangible things.
- n. A thing or things subject to ownership; anything that may be exclusively possessed and enjoyed; chattels and land; possessions.
- n. A thing required for some peculiar or specific use, as a tool; an accessory; specifically, in theaters, a stage requisite, as any article of costume or furniture, or other appointment, necessary to be produced in a scene (in this specific sense used also attributively).
- n. Propriety.
- n. Individuality; that which constitutes an individual.
- n. A cloak or disguise.
- n. See the adjectives.
- n. Such right as a bailee has in the chattel transferred to him by the bailment.
- n. Synonyms Attribute, Characteristic, etc. See quality.
- n. Property, Effects, Chattels, Goods, Wares, Commodities, Merchandise, possessions, wealth. Property is the general word for those material things which are one's own, whether for sale or not. Effects applies to personal property, viewed as including the things even of least value. Chattels comprises every kind of property except freehold. (See the definitions of the classes real and personal, under chattel.) Goods includes a merchant's stock-in-trade, or one's movable property of any sort. Wares are manufactured articles, especially of the heavier sort, as earthenware, wooden-ware. Commodities are such movable articles as are necessities of life, and have a money value. Merchandise is the general word for articles of trade.
- To invest with (certain) properties or qualities.
- To make a property or tool of; appropriate.
- n. Specifically, in old English law, chattels as distinguished from ‘estate’ (lands).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. something owned; any tangible or intangible possession that is owned by someone
- n. any area set aside for a particular purpose
- n. a basic or essential attribute shared by all members of a class
- n. a construct whereby objects or individuals can be distinguished
- n. any movable articles or objects used on the set of a play or movie
Middle English, from Old French propriete, from Latin proprietās, ownership (translation of Greek idiotēs), from proprius, one's own; see per1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English /Anglo-Norman proprete, from Middle French propreté, from Old French propriete (modern propriété), itself, from Latin proprietas, from proprius 'own'. (Wiktionary)