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proprietor

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noun pro·pri·e·tor \prə-ˈprī-ə-tər\

Simple Definition of proprietor

  • : a person who owns a business or property

Full Definition of proprietor

  1. 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. 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 play \-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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