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

Examples of owner in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ownership of the Amadea luxury vessel is contested, with the U.S. claiming the beneficial owner of the vessel is sanctioned Russian oligarch Suleiman Kerimov, according to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions in Fiji. WSJ, 3 May 2022 The Google policy is that if the owner of smart speakers has a music subscription, other members of the household can also access it. Washington Post, 2 May 2022 The owner of the truck was cited for wrongful entrustment for allowing the unlicensed driver to operate the truck. cleveland, 1 May 2022 The owner of one of the apartments was injured in the shelling. Katya Soldak, Forbes, 30 Apr. 2022 Musk, the world’s richest man and the owner of SpaceX and Tesla, calls himself a free speech absolutist who believes in allowing any content that doesn't run afoul of the law. David Klepper, ajc, 30 Apr. 2022 She’s axed by the cutthroat owner of the network (Jenifer Lewis) after fumbling an on-air appearance. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, 29 Apr. 2022 Andrew Barroway becomes the sole owner of the franchise. Carrie Watters, The Arizona Republic, 29 Apr. 2022 They were later identified as the owner of the hotel, Mohammad Moeini, 51, and two employees who also lived in the hotel, Laura Lehman, 61, and Chad Green, 55, BPD said during a joint news conference with the Gulfport Police Department (GPD). Elizabeth Wolfe And Amanda Musa, CNN, 28 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of owner

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Owner.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/owner. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for owner


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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