proprietor


pro·pri·e·tor

noun \prə-ˈprī-ə-tər\

: a person who owns a business or property

Full Definition of PROPRIETOR

1
:  one granted ownership of a colony (as one of the original American colonies) and full prerogatives of establishing a government and distributing land
2
a :  a person who has the legal right or exclusive title to something :  owner
b :  one having an interest (as control or present use) less than absolute and exclusive right
pro·pri·e·tor·ship \-ˌship\ noun

Examples of PROPRIETOR

  1. She is the proprietor of the store.
  2. <the proprietor of a used-car dealership>

Origin of PROPRIETOR

alteration of 1proprietary
First Known Use: 1637

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