proprietor

noun pro·pri·e·tor \ prə-ˈprī-ə-tər \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

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
2 a : 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

proprietorship

play \prə-ˈprī-ə-tər-ˌship\ noun

Examples of proprietor in a Sentence

  1. She is the proprietor of the store.

  2. the proprietor of a used-car dealership

Recent Examples of proprietor from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of proprietor

alteration of 1proprietary

proprietor Synonyms

Synonyms
holder, owner, possessor
Related Words
co-owner, coproprietor; landlord, landowner
Near Antonyms
squatter; lessee, renter, tenant

PROPRIETOR Defined for English Language Learners

proprietor

noun

Definition of proprietor for English Language Learners

  • : a person who owns a business or property


PROPRIETOR Defined for Kids

proprietor

noun pro·pri·e·tor \ prə-ˈprī-ə-tər \

Definition of proprietor for Students

: a person who owns something : owner

Law Dictionary

proprietor

noun pro·pri·e·tor \ prə-ˈprī-ə-tər \

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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