: one granted ownership of a colony (as one of the original American colonies) and full prerogatives of establishing a government and distributing land
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
- She is the proprietor of the store.
- <the proprietor of a used-car dealership>
Origin of PROPRIETOR
alteration of 1proprietary
First Known Use: 1637
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