proprietor

noun
pro·​pri·​e·​tor | \ prə-ˈprī-ə-tər How to pronounce proprietor (audio) \

Definition of proprietor

1 : one granted ownership of a colony (such as one of the original American colonies) and full prerogatives of establishing a government and distributing land
2a : a person who has the legal right or exclusive title to something : owner
b : one having an interest (such as control or present use) less than absolute and exclusive right

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Synonyms for proprietor

Synonyms

holder, owner, possessor

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Examples of proprietor in a Sentence

She is the proprietor of the store. the proprietor of a used-car dealership

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That might stop most performers, but not this proprietor of a sinking ark. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, "'AGT': A six-pack of memorably weird acts from Season 14 auditions," 8 July 2019 The administration finalized a rule to open up another pathway for businesses, including many sole proprietors, to join together to obtain more affordable coverage through Association Health Plans (AHPs). Brian Blase For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Trump's new rule will give businesses and workers better health care options," 13 June 2019 Alex de Vries, a blockchain specialist at PwC’s Experience Center and the proprietor of Digiconomist, was skeptical of the conclusions in the CoinShares report. Umair Irfan, Vox, "A new report claims bitcoin is mostly powered by renewable energy. Really?," 18 June 2019 Adam Best, proprietor of the podcast The Left, is a Trump critic who was blocked by Trump on Twitter until a federal judge ordered the president to unblock dozens of such critics. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "President Trump likens first lady Melania Trump to 'Jackie O' but Twitter objects," 14 June 2019 Before the funeral, Ti Martin, co-proprietor of Commander’s Palace restaurant and a member of New Orleans’ famed Brennan family of restaurateurs, stood in a line that snaked around the block. Washington Post, "Creole cuisine queen Leah Chase gets New Orleans sendoff," 11 June 2019 Before the funeral, Ti Martin, co-proprietor of Commander's Palace restaurant and a member of New Orleans' famed Brennan family of restaurateurs, stood in a line that snaked around the block. Fox News, "Creole cuisine queen Leah Chase gets New Orleans sendoff," 11 June 2019 Sargeant met his then-boyfriend, Craig Rodwell, owner and proprietor of the Oscar Wilde Memorial Bookshop. Tim Fitzsimons, NBC News, "#Pride50: Fred Sargeant — Co-organizer of first NYC Pride March," 3 June 2019 Chen Xin, the proprietor of the Fujin Ji guesthouse, welcomes us with a tea tasting. National Geographic, "In search of the perfect cup of tea," 14 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of proprietor

1537, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

History and Etymology for proprietor

alteration of proprietary entry 1

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proprietor

noun

English Language Learners Definition of proprietor

formal : a person who owns a business or property

proprietor

noun
pro·​pri·​e·​tor | \ prə-ˈprī-ə-tər How to pronounce proprietor (audio) \

Kids Definition of proprietor

: a person who owns something : owner

proprietor

noun
pro·​pri·​e·​tor | \ prə-ˈprī-ə-tər How to pronounce proprietor (audio) \

Legal Definition of proprietor

: one who has legal right or exclusive title to something : owner also : one (as a lessee) having an interest (as control or present use) less than absolute or exclusive right

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