[prop.er] adj [ME propre proper, own, fr. MF, fr. L proprius own] (14c) 1 a: referring to one individual only b: belonging to one: own c: appointed for the liturgy of a particular day d: represented heraldically in natural color
2: belonging characteristically to a species or individual: peculiar 3 chiefly dial: good-looking, handsome
4: very good: excellent
5. chiefly Brit: utter, absolute
6: strictly limited to a specified thing, place, or idea "the city ~"
7. a: strictly accurate: correct b archaic: virtuous, respectable c: strictly decorous: genteel 8: marked by suitability, rightness, or appropriateness: fit 9: being a mathematical subset (as a subgroup) that does not contain all the elements of the inclusive set from which it is derived syn see fit -- prop.er.ly adv -- prop.er.ness n
proper n (15c) 1: the parts of the Mass that vary according to the liturgical calendar
2: the part of a missal or breviary containing the proper of the Mass and the offices proper to the holy days of the liturgical year proper adv (15c) chiefly dial: in a thorough manner: completely