- a woman who owns a business establishment.
- a woman who has the exclusive right or title to something.
Origin of proprietress
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Examples from the Web for proprietress
Irby is a well-known writer and comedian in Chicago and the proprietress of the blog Bitches Gotta Eat.What Sebastian Junger, Susan Orlean, and Others Are Reading This Fall
November 7, 2013
He went to the proprietress of the hotel and said something quietly about me.My Double Life
Townsend advanced toward her, certain that she must be the proprietress of the High Light.The Plunderer
She was stupefied at learning that I had just in my ardour proposed to its proprietress to sit to me.The Beldonald Holbein
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