Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Being at once opportune and to the point. See Synonyms at relevant.
  • adv. At an appropriate time; opportunely.
  • adv. By the way; incidentally: Apropos, where were you yesterday?
  • prep. With regard to; concerning: Apropos our date for lunch, I can't go.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of an appropriate or pertinent nature.
  • adj. by the way, incidental.
  • prep. Regarding or concerning.
  • adv. By the way.
  • adv. Timely; at a good time.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Opportunely or opportune; seasonably or seasonable.
  • By the way; to the purpose; suitably to the place or subject; -- a word used to introduce an incidental observation, suited to the occasion, though not strictly belonging to the narration.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • . To the purpose; opportunely; seasonably.
  • 2. With reference or regard; in respect: followed by of.
  • . With reference to that (a thing just mentioned); by the way: used absolutely, to introduce an incidental observation.
  • Opportune; seasonable; to the purpose; pertinent; happy: as, an apropos remark.
  • n. Pertinency.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of an appropriate or pertinent nature
  • adv. at an opportune time
  • adv. introducing a different topic; in point of fact

Etymologies

French à propos : à, to (from Old French a, from Latin ad-; see ad-) + propos, purpose (from Latin prōpositum, neuter past participle of prōpōnere, to intend; see propose).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French à propos ("on that subject") (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • I could hardly say, "are screwing," however apropos it might be. -Charlaine Harris, Living Dead in Dallas

    December 11, 2010

  • Oh come on, it wouldn't really be foreign if it didn't have silent letters! ;-)

    February 11, 2007

  • and, what is that last letter s for?

    February 11, 2007

  • Foreign words and phrases are not apropos.

    January 25, 2007