from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A male given name, always rather rare.
  • proper n. Cosmopolitan magazine.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An element in some words of Greek origin, meaning ‘the world’ or ‘the universe.’


Borrowed by Scotland from Italy in the 18th century. An Italian variant of Cosimo, from the name Cosmas of a saint (martyred with his brother Damian in the fourth century), from Ancient Greek κόσμος (kosmos, "order, ordered universe"). (Wiktionary)
Abbreviation (Wiktionary)



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