proprietress

[ pruh-prahy-i-tris ]
/ prəˈpraɪ ɪ trɪs /

noun

a woman who owns a business establishment.
a woman who has the exclusive right or title to something.

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Origin of proprietress

First recorded in 1685–95; propriet(o)r + -ess

usage note for proprietress

See -ess.
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