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proprietress

[pruh-prahy-i-tris]
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noun
  1. a woman who owns a business establishment.
  2. a woman who has the exclusive right or title to something.

Origin of proprietress

First recorded in 1685–95; propriet(o)r + -ess

Usage note

See -ess.
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Examples from the Web for proprietress

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  • He went to the proprietress of the hotel and said something quietly about me.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • Townsend advanced toward her, certain that she must be the proprietress of the High Light.

    The Plunderer

    Roy Norton

  • She was stupefied at learning that I had just in my ardour proposed to its proprietress to sit to me.

  • The proprietress of this inn, like most German women, was a fair cook.

    Home Life in Germany

    Mrs. Alfred Sidgwick

  • The cause of this isolation lies in the unsociable temper of the proprietress.

    The Mason-bees

    J. Henri Fabre


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