1. [syn: proper noun, proper name]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Proper \Prop"er\, a. [OE. propre, F. propre, fr. L. proprius.
1. Belonging to one; one's own; individual. "His proper good"
[i. e., his own possessions]. --Chaucer. "My proper son."
Now learn the difference, at your proper cost,
Betwixt true valor and an empty boast. --Dryden.
2. Belonging to the natural or essential constitution;
peculiar; not common; particular; as, every animal has his
proper instincts and appetites.
Those high and peculiar attributes . . . which
constitute our proper humanity. --Coleridge.
3. Befitting one's nature, qualities, etc.; suitable in all
respect; appropriate; right; fit; decent; as, water is the
proper element for fish; a proper dress.
The proper study of mankind is man. --Pope.
In Athens all was pleasure, mirth, and play,
All proper to the spring, and sprightly May.
4. Becoming in appearance; well formed; handsome. [Archaic]
"Thou art a proper man." --Chaucer.
Moses . . . was hid three months of his parents,
because they saw he was a proper child. --Heb. xi.
5. Pertaining to one of a species, but not common to the
whole; not appellative; -- opposed to common; as, a
proper name; Dublin is the proper name of a city.
6. Rightly so called; strictly considered; as, Greece proper;
the garden proper.
7. (Her.) Represented in its natural color; -- said of any
object used as a charge.
In proper, individually; privately. [Obs.] --Jer. Taylor.
Proper flower or Proper corolla (Bot.), one of the single
florets, or corollets, in an aggregate or compound flower.
Proper fraction (Arith.) a fraction in which the numerator
is less than the denominator.
Proper nectary (Bot.), a nectary separate from the petals
and other parts of the flower. -- Proper noun (Gram.), a
name belonging to an individual, by which it is
distinguished from others of the same class; -- opposed to
common noun; as, John, Boston, America.
Proper perianth or Proper involucre (Bot.), that which
incloses only a single flower.
Proper receptacle (Bot.), a receptacle which supports only
a single flower or fructification.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a noun that denotes a particular thing; usually capitalized
[syn: proper noun, proper name] [ant: common noun]