Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “propriety”

See all translations

propriety

noun uk   /prəˈpraɪə.ti/ us    /-t̬i/
[U] formal correct moral behaviour or actions: The director insisted that there was no question as to the propriety of how the funds were raised. She was careful always to behave with propriety.proprieties [plural] formal the rules of polite social behaviour: They'd invited us to dinner so we thought we'd better observe the proprieties and invite them back.
(Definition of propriety from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of propriety?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “propriety” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

hard luck story

a story or piece of information that someone tells you or writes about himself or herself, intended to make you feel feel sympathy for that person

Word of the Day

Think long and hard; the language of decisions

by Liz Walter,
January 28, 2015
One of the best ways (perhaps the best way) to improve your English is to learn how words go together in phrases, idioms, or other patterns such as verb/noun or adjective/noun pairs (often called ‘collocations’). This blog looks at some useful phrases and collocations connected with the subject of decisions, something we

Read More 

micro pig noun

January 26, 2015
an extremely small pig, bred to be a pet Micro pigs have become popular pets recently, with famous owners including Victoria Beckham, Paris Hilton and Olympic diver, Tom Daley.

Read More