- 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 proprietor
He was the proprietor of a grimy chicken joint in Rochester, New York.The Loser Who Wanted to Be the ISIS Agent Next Door
September 18, 2014
Seyed, the proprietor, tells us that there is always a way to keep the police quiet.Tehran’s Underground Speakeasies
June 15, 2014
Once I was pregnant, I embraced my own femininity and settled into my role as decision maker and proprietor.Yes, Women Can Make Great Wine
March 22, 2014
In the spring of 2012, Don Sammons, the sole resident and proprietor of Buford, decided it was time to sell the 147-year-old town.America’s Tiniest Town Is Sold And Renamed PhinDeli Town Buford, Wyoming
October 17, 2013
In recent years, Loeb, founder and proprietor of Third Point has gone and acquired stakes in companies like Yahoo!Activist Investor Dan Loeb Tagets Auction House Sotheby’s
October 3, 2013
Stepping into the store, he attracted the attention of the proprietor.Brave and Bold
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
This proprietor was a man of great opulence, and a relative of Naomi.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I
Francis Augustus Cox
Would it be possible for me to speak to the proprietor a moment?The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
- 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 proprietor
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.