Apropos means regarding or appropriate to, as in: Apropos of your interest in fishing, your grandfather gave you his set of championship lures, rods, reels and lucky tackle box.

Apropos is a useful word to learn. But first you have to know how to pronounce it: AP-rə-pō. Then you can conveniently change the subject of a conversation by using the expression "Apropos of nothing," which is a glib way of saying, "Oh, and by the way..." If someone's remarks are suitable and appropriate to the occasion, you can get on their good side by saying: How apropos!

Definitions of apropos

adj of an appropriate or pertinent nature

suitable for a particular person or place or condition etc
apposite, apt, pertinent
being of striking appropriateness and pertinence
of an inappropriate or incorrectly applied nature
not suitable for a particular occasion etc
inapposite, out of place
of an inappropriate or misapplied nature
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adv introducing a different topic; in point of fact

adv at an opportune time

“your letter arrived apropos
seasonably, timely, well-timed

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