Definition of Proper

1.Belonging to one; one's own; individual.
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.
- Dryden.
4.Becoming in appearance; well formed; handsome.
Moses . . . was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child.
- Heb. xi. 23.
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.
Proper flower
(Bot.) one of the single florets, or corollets, in an aggregate or compound flower.
- Jer. Taylor.
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
(Bot.) that which incloses only a single flower.
Proper receptacle
(Bot.) a receptacle which supports only a single flower or fructification.
adv.1.Properly; hence, to a great degree; very; as, proper good.

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