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proprietor

[pruh-prahy-i-ter] /prəˈpraɪ ɪ tər/
noun
1.
the owner of a business establishment, a hotel, etc.
2.
a person who has the exclusive right or title to something; an owner, as of real property.
3.
a group of proprietors; proprietary.
Origin of proprietor
1630-1640
First recorded in 1630-40; propriet(ary) + -or2
Related forms
proprietorial
[pruh-prahy-i-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-] /prəˌpraɪ ɪˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
proprietorially, adverb
proprietorship, noun
nonproprietor, noun
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  • Stepping into the store, he attracted the attention of the proprietor.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • The State authority was to be the purchaser, and the occupier was to be the proprietor.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • The lawyer's brows were knit as he faced the proprietor of the store.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • This proprietor was a man of great opulence, and a relative of Naomi.

  • Would it be possible for me to speak to the proprietor a moment?

    The Fortune Hunter Louis Joseph Vance
British Dictionary definitions for proprietor

proprietor

/prəˈpraɪətə/
noun
1.
an owner of an unincorporated business enterprise
2.
a person enjoying exclusive right of ownership to some property
3.
(US, history) a governor or body of governors of a proprietary colony
Derived Forms
proprietorship, noun
proprietorial (prəˌpraɪəˈtɔːrɪəl) adjective
proprietress, proprietrix, noun:feminine
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Word Origin and History for proprietor
n.

1630s, "owner, by royal grant, of an American colony," probably from proprietary (n.) in sense "property owner" (late 15c., see proprietary). In general sense of "one who holds something as property" it is attested from 1640s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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