Definition of proprietor
1 : one granted ownership of a colony (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 : ownerb : one having an interest (as control or present use) less than absolute and exclusive right
proprietorshipplay \-ˌship\ noun
Examples of proprietor in a sentence
She is the proprietor of the store.
<the proprietor of a used-car dealership>
Origin and Etymology of proprietor
alteration of 1proprietary
First Known Use: 1537
PROPRIETOR Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of proprietor for English Language Learners
: a person who owns a business or property
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