General English

General Science

  • noun a distinctive characteristic of something
  • noun something which belongs to someone


  • noun the things that somebody owns, possessions


  • noun things which a person or organisation owns


  • An attribute or characteristic that helps describe, distinguish, and define a component, circuit, device, system, material, and so on.
  • A property (1) which is possessed by all members of a given class.


  • adjective relating to land and buildings
  • noun things that are owned by someone
  • noun a building such as a house, shop or factory

Media Studies

  • noun an original story that a film production company has bought the rights for

Origin & History of “property”

Property and propriety (15th c.) are doublets – that is to say, they have the same ancestor, but have diverged over the centuries. In this case the ancestor was Latin prōprietās ‘ownership’, a derivative of prōprius (from which English gets proper). It passed into Old French as propriete, which originally reached English via Anglo-Norman proprete as property, and was subsequently reborrowed direct from Old French as propriety (this to begin with denoted ‘property’, and did not begin to develop its present-day meaning until the 17th century). Proprietary (15th c.) came from the late Latin derivative prōprietārius; and proprietor (17th c.) was formed from proprietary by substituting the suffix -or for -ary.