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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Brian was part-owner of Oak Lawn Italian restaurant Mille Lire. Fox News, "7 people identified from Texas plane crash that killed 10," 2 July 2019 View Sample Sign Up Now Mohammad Farooq, the owner of a nearby restaurant, said the explosion blew out the windows of a private school, wounding several students. Time, "A Powerful Bomb Blast Rocks Afghanistan's Capital Kabul, Wounding at Least 65," 1 July 2019 As noted by Rolling Stone, Scott Borchetta’s Big Machine Label Group is the owner of all of Taylor’s master recordings, dating back to her 2006 debut studio album through Reputation in 2017. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Taylor Swift Responds to Scooter Braun's Acquisition of Former Record Label, Big Machine Label Group," 30 June 2019 Just six days after Carol Lim and Humberto Leon presented their final collection as co-creative directors of Kenzo, the brand’s owner, LVMH, has named their successor. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Kenzo Names Felipe Oliveira Baptista Its New Creative Director," 30 June 2019 The horse, Uiver, and his rider and owner, Terri Rocovich, earned international recognition recently by winning ribbons in Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special competitions. Ramona Sentinel, "Horsewoman is a showstopper with award-winning Uiver," 30 June 2019 But Capriccio’s owner, Florida Caribbean Distillers, took a look at the wine category to see which trends were taking off. John Kell, Fortune, "Prepackaged Sangria Is Having a Moment This Summer," 29 June 2019 Publicity over Santa Anita has left the industry reeling, put owners, trainers and others on the defensive and led some to speculate that the controversy will spell the end of thoroughbred racing. Elliott Almond, The Mercury News, "Racing in crisis: It’s not just Santa Anita. Horse deaths plague East Bay track and others around country," 29 June 2019 Write to Jim Carlton at jim.carlton@wsj.com Corrections & Amplifications David Peter is the owner of the Galley Seafood Grill & Bar. Jim Carlton, WSJ, "California Is Overflowing With Salmon, Boosting Coastal Towns," 28 June 2019

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First Known Use of owner

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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More Definitions for owner

beneficial owner


Financial Definition of beneficial 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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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

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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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