- the owner of a business establishment, a hotel, etc.
- a person who has the exclusive right or title to something; an owner, as of real property.
- a group of proprietors; proprietary.
Origin of proprietor
Examples from the Web for proprietorial
Archers listeners are by far the most proprietorial of all soap-opera fans.America, Presenting Your New Addiction: ‘The Archers’
April 25, 2014
He cared for her not at all; he was sure she cared for him only in the proprietorial sense.Ladies and Gentlemen
Irvin S. (Irvin Shrewsbury) Cobb
"Mrs. Bassett," he said softly, lingering on the proprietorial term.The Grey Wig: Stories and Novelettes
Saying what he said next, he continued to whisper, but in his whisper was a suggestion of the proprietorial tone.From Place to Place
Irvin S. Cobb
He spoke with a proprietorial air as one might of a household pet, pronouncing the name of his city Louie.The Rosie World
She could follow his fortunes—she could openly be his friend—she felt a kind of claim on him and proprietorial right over him.The Dictator
- an owner of an unincorporated business enterprise
- a person enjoying exclusive right of ownership to some property
- US history a governor or body of governors of a proprietary colony
Word Origin and History for proprietorial
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.