- 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 proprietorship
That heritage is probably just as auspicious as is proprietorship of The Tonight Show.Jimmy Fallon’s Brilliant ‘Tonight Show’ Debut
February 18, 2014
There is a dispute pending about the proprietorship of the Murray River.Recollections
David Christie Murray
We came back to the Homestead now with a full sense of our proprietorship.A Daughter of the Middle Border
At first the contest concerns the proprietorship of the soil.The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II
She glanced about the room with a growing sense of proprietorship which was pleasant.A Little Country Girl
“He seemed to have an air of proprietorship,” he said jealously.Penny of Top Hill Trail
Belle Kanaris Maniates
- 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 proprietorship
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.