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 : ownerb : one having an interest (such 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
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One grateful proprietor put Stackhouse’s picture on a wall.
That would be especially true of companies that have a more tenuous moral case against birth control, or whose employees don’t subscribe to the same strict religious code that the proprietors do.
To get there, though, requires surviving a Darwinian climb up the ladder at Goldie's, an L.A. club pretty clearly patterned after the Comedy Store and its proprietor, Mitzi Shore.
Obama's Hair Design was incorporated with the state in November 2008 — the same month Obama won the presidency — by the proprietor of what was then Ossama's hair salon on South Dearborn Street in the Loop.
Rogelio Gonzalez, a cantina proprietor in Atlacomulco, says the PRI deserves to win.
The United States Department of Justice—Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, proprietor—has intervened on the side of a corrupt corporation and against a serviceman done dirt by that corrupt corporation.
Auctions are in Will’s blood -- his family is the longtime proprietor of Roland Auctions -- and while many performers wait tables or take catering gigs between acting jobs, Will returns to his roots in the auction world.
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Origin and Etymology of proprietor
alteration of 1proprietary
First Known Use: 1537
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Definition of proprietor for English Language Learners
: a person who owns a business or property
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