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noun own·er \ ˈō-nər \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of owner

plural owners
: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

Recent Examples of owner from the Web

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First Known Use of owner

before 12th century

owner Synonyms


Financial Definition of OWNER

owner

What It Is

The beneficial owner is the individual or entity that enjoys the benefits of owning an asset, regardless of whose name the title of the property or security is in.

How It Works

Beneficial ownership commonly refers to two situations:

1. Under U.S. securities law, a beneficial owner enjoys either sole or shared power regarding voting rights in a stock. According to the SEC, this right extends to include stock or securities owned by one person even if the title is held by another person or entity.
2. Beneficial ownership can also refer to a situation where an individual or entity holds the right of ownership even if the stock is registered with another entity, such as a brokerage house. In this case, while the brokerage firm is actually shown as the holder of the security, the investor is the beneficial owner.

For example, Bob buys 100 shares of stock in Company ABC via a brokerage house. Even though the stock is recorded under the broker's name, Bob is the beneficial owner.

Why It Matters

Beneficial ownership is a convenient and safe way of owning stock, especially for investors who want to hold securities without the responsibilities of voting or becoming involved in corporate actions.

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OWNER Defined for Kids

owner

noun own·er \ ˈō-nər \

Definition of owner for Students

:a person who owns something

Law Dictionary

owner

noun own·er

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 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 land
  • Dessen 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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