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.
- pro·pri·e·to·ri·al [pruh-prahy-i-tawr-ee-uhl, -tohr-], /prəˌpraɪ ɪˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-/, adjective
- pro·pri·e·to·ri·al·ly, adverb
- pro·pri·e·tor·ship, noun
- non·pro·pri·e·tor, noun
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How to use proprietor in a sentence
That heritage is probably just as auspicious as is proprietorship of The Tonight Show.
"Mon enfant," he triumphantly added, with an air of jubilant proprietorship.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume II (of 3) | Charles James Wills
The Chronicle declined after 1821, owing to a change in the proprietorship.The English Utilitarians, Volume II (of 3) | Leslie Stephen
Denham too, with ready tact, refrained from anything that might be construed into bordering on an air of proprietorship!Forging the Blades | Bertram Mitford
His obsequious manner changed at once, and he put his arm around her waist with a happy sense of proprietorship.The White Shield | Myrtle Reed
"I am very proud of my husband, Mr. Herkimer," she said with a little bob of her head in which was a sense of proprietorship.Murder in Any Degree | Owen Johnson
British Dictionary definitions for proprietor
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
- proprietorship, noun
- proprietorial (prəˌpraɪəˈtɔːrɪəl), adjective
- proprietress or proprietrix, fem n
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