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

Examples from the Web for proprietress

Contemporary Examples of proprietress

Historical Examples of proprietress

  • He went to the proprietress of the hotel and said something quietly about me.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • Townsend advanced toward her, certain that she must be the proprietress of the High Light.

    The Plunderer

    Roy Norton

  • She was stupefied at learning that I had just in my ardour proposed to its proprietress to sit to me.

  • The proprietress of this inn, like most German women, was a fair cook.

    Home Life in Germany

    Mrs. Alfred Sidgwick

  • The cause of this isolation lies in the unsociable temper of the proprietress.

    The Mason-bees

    J. Henri Fabre