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[pruh-prahy-i-tris] /prəˈpraɪ ɪ trɪs/
a woman who owns a business establishment.
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. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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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 Beldonald Holbein Henry James
  • 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
  • It was Madame Castillon, proprietress of a neighbouring farm.

    Bouvard and Pcuchet Gustave Flaubert
  • She is the proprietress of a restaurant down the street—a house open to everybody.

    Under the Redwoods Bret Harte
  • "There is your employer, Sarah," said the proprietress of the office.

  • The proprietress shrugged her shoulders: "That does not concern me!"

    Cynthia Leonard Merrick
  • The guard followed, believing her the proprietress of a therapeutic bath.

    The Secrets of a Kuttite Edward O. Mousley

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