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proprietor

[pruh-prahy-i-ter]
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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.
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Origin of proprietor

First recorded in 1630–40; propriet(ary) + -or2
Related formspro·pri·e·to·ri·al [pruh-prahy-i-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-] /prəˌpraɪ ɪˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-/, adjectivepro·pri·e·to·ri·al·ly, adverbpro·pri·e·tor·ship, nounnon·pro·pri·e·tor, noun
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Related Words

ownerholderpossessorproprietaryfreeholdertitleholder

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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

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
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Derived Formsproprietorship, nounproprietorial (prəˌpraɪəˈtɔːrɪəl), adjectiveproprietress or proprietrix, fem n
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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.

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