a woman who owns a business establishment.
a woman who has the exclusive right or title to something.
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How to use proprietress in a sentence
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 | Byliner | November 7, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Even the proprietress was seized with momentary lassitude, and also stood still, her hands leaning on the counter.The conquest of Rome | Matilde Serao
If the fact that she was also proprietress of a good farm detracted nothing from her charms, that was natural enough.Rescue Dog of the High Pass | James Arthur Kjelgaard
Perhaps it was just motherly jealousy of the new proprietress of Willie's time and attention.What Will People Say? | Rupert Hughes
“You see that young man,” said the honorable proprietress of the Hotel des Folies to her interlocutors.Other People's Money | Emile Gaboriau
It is entirely under the control of ladies, being managed by a proprietress and female clerks.The Youthful Wanderer | George H. Heffner