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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

controlclaimpartnershipslicedeedusecutendtitleholdingpossessionoccupancyhandtenancybuyingpurchasepropertyresidencedominiontenure

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British Dictionary definitions for proprietorship

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 proprietorship

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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