own·​er | \ ˈō-nər How to pronounce owner (audio) \
plural owners

Definition of owner

: a person who owns something : one who has the legal or rightful title to something : one to whom property belongs business/property owners He and his sister are owners of the restaurant. We were able to return the wallet to its rightful owner. often used in combination dog-owners and cat-owners

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Recent Examples on the Web The dogs’ owner also received a citation, police said. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "3 people seriously injured after being attacked by 2 loose pit bulls on Milwaukee's north side," 8 Apr. 2021 To boost sales, Mr. Ramírez, the shop owner in Reynosa, also decided to diversify his store’s offerings. New York Times, "‘No More Parties’: Mexico’s Piñata Makers Badly Bruised by Pandemic," 8 Apr. 2021 In 2015 a record collector and store owner in Japan contacted him, requesting more copies of the album to sell. BostonGlobe.com, "Doc Talk: Medical practice, paternity test, musical inspiration," 8 Apr. 2021 Israeli officials declined to comment about the assault when reached by The Associated Press, as did the Saviz's owner. Jon Gambrell, Star Tribune, "Iran ship said to be Red Sea troop base off Yemen attacked," 7 Apr. 2021 Both groups benefited from having a world class producer and label owner with a solid roster in their corner. Craig Jenkins, Vulture, "All the Verzuz Battles, Ranked," 7 Apr. 2021 Max’s continued for four more years under a different owner, closing in early 2017. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, "15 Birmingham restaurants that are gone but not forgotten," 7 Apr. 2021 Investigators found a 2015 text message conversation between Campbell and a nightclub owner. Kevin Grasha, The Enquirer, "Former Cincinnati police officer sentenced to probation for tax fraud," 7 Apr. 2021 Sam Rapahel, the property's developer and owner, purposefully built the 89-room resort — which features two infinity pools, multiple yoga studios, walking trails, and a banana farm — around preservation of the environment. Metanoya Z. Webb, Travel + Leisure, "I Traveled to Dominica During COVID-19 — Here’s What It Was Like," 7 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of owner

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of owner was before the 12th century

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11 Apr 2021

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“Owner.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/owner. Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of owner

: a person or group that owns something


own·​er | \ ˈō-nər \

Kids Definition of owner

: a person who owns something



Legal Definition of owner

: one with an interest in and often dominion over property: as
a : legal owner in this entry
b : one with the right to exclusive use, control, or possession of property
c : a purchaser under a contract for the sale of real property — see also equitable owner in this entry
beneficial owner
1 : one holding a beneficial interest in a trust — compare beneficial interest at interest sense 1
2 : one enjoying the benefit of property of which another is the legal owner was the beneficial owner of property held by the parent corporation
3 : one who has or shares the power to control the voting or investment of stock was considered the beneficial owner of stock held by her minor children
equitable owner
: one (as a beneficiary of a trust) who is considered to have rights or obligations of an owner regardless of legal title on the ground of equity do not have legal title but, upon execution of the contract, they became equitable owners and have power to sue to protect their landDessen v. Jones, 551 N.E.2d 782 (1990)
legal owner
: one who has legal title to property broadly : one determined by law to own property
naked owner
in the civil law of Louisiana : an owner of property burdened by a usufruct
record owner
: one who is the owner of property (as land or stock) according to current appropriate records received a tax bill as record owner of the land

called also owner of record

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