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  • proper n. A book, often bound with a red cover, or online equivalent, that is an official, or canonical, collection of data, regulations, or writings.
  • proper n. A book supposedly belonging to the devil and containing the signature of those in league with him.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. a book containing the names of all the persons in the service of the state.

Etymologies

red + book as a fixed title for various official books from the 15th century, especially the Red Book of the Exchequer, a manuscript volume of the 13th century (OED). (Wiktionary)

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