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From Middle English propertee, properte, propirte, proprete, borrowed from Anglo-Norman and Old French propreté, proprieté (“propriety, fitness, property”), from Latin proprietas (“a peculiarity, one's peculiar nature or quality, right or fact of possession, property”), from proprius(“special, particular, one's own”). Doublet of propriety.
property (countable and uncountable, pluralproperties)
  1. Something that is owned.
    Leave those books alone! They are my property.
    Important types of property include real property (land), personal property (other physical possessions), and intellectual property (rights over artistic creations, inventions, etc.).
    1927, F. E. Penny, chapter 4, in Pulling the Strings:
    A turban and loincloth soaked in blood had been found; also a staff. These properties were known to have belonged to a toddy drawer. He had disappeared.
  2. A piece of real estate, such as a parcel of land.
    There is a large house on the property.
    Synonyms: land, parcel
  3. Real estate; the business of selling houses.
    He works in property as a housing consultant.
  4. The exclusive right of possessing, enjoying and disposing of a thing.
  5. An attribute or abstract quality associated with an individual, object or concept.
    Charm is his most endearing property.
    Furthermore, this increase in risk is comparable to the risk of death from leukemia after long-term exposure to benzene, another solvent, which has the well-known property of causing this type of cancer.
  6. An attribute or abstract quality which is characteristic of a class of objects.
    Matter can have many properties, including color, mass and density.
    Turbines have been around for a long time—windmills and water wheels are early examples. The name comes from the Latin turbo, meaning vortex, and thus the defining property of a turbine is that a fluid or gas turns the blades of a rotor, which is attached to a shaft that can perform useful work.
  7. (computing) An editable or read-onlyparameter associated with an application, component or class, or the value of such a parameter.
    You need to set the debugging property to "verbose".
  8. (usually in the plural, theater) A prop, an object used in a dramatic production.
    Costumes and scenery are distinguished from property properly speaking.
    Synonym: prop
  9. (obsolete) Propriety; correctness.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Camden to this entry?)
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something owned
piece of real estate
business of selling houses
exclusive right of possessing, enjoying and disposing of a thing
attribute or abstract quality associated with an object, individual or concept
an attribute characteristic of a class of objects
computing: an editable parameter associated with an application, or its value
an object used in a dramatic production
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property (third-person singular simple presentproperties, present participle propertying, simple past and past participle propertied)
  1. (obsolete) To invest with properties, or qualities.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)
  2. (obsolete) To make a property of; to appropriate.
    1595, Shakespeare, King John, V. ii. 79, l. 2359 - 2362
    Your grace shall pardon me, I will not back:
    I am too high-born to be propertied,
    To be a secondary at control,
    Or useful serving-man and instrument,
    To any sovereign state throughout the world.
  • property at OneLook Dictionary Search
  • property in Keywords for Today: A 21st Century Vocabulary, edited by The Keywords Project, Colin MacCabe, Holly Yanacek, 2018.
  • property in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
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