[ 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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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