pro·​pri·​e·​tress prə-ˈprī-ə-trəs How to pronounce proprietress (audio)
: a woman who is a proprietor

Examples of proprietress in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The warm reception of the daffy old restaurant proprietress, Zia Luciana (Nunzia Schiano), does little to restore their composure. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Sep. 2019 As a nonbinary actor playing a woman, the fierce corn-whiskey proprietress Lulu, Newell chose to enter the Actor category despite the Tony Awards’ gendered acting categories. Vulture, 11 June 2023 The young proprietress is an MIT alumnus who pursued design after a career in fashion that included stints at Celine under Phoebe Philo and Miu Miu. Erik Maza, Town & Country, 25 Apr. 2023 Other standouts of the cast include baritone Edward Nelson, making his Met debut as the Man in Bar, whom Emile encounters at Hagen’s Hole, a gay bar busy with drag queens and helmed by a surly proprietress named Kathy, compellingly embodied and sung by mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe. Michael Andor Brodeur, Washington Post, 16 Apr. 2023 Watch All Quiet on the Western Front on Netflix The Power of the Dog When intimidating rancher Phil Burbank and his brother George meet widowed proprietress Rose, their lives are changed forever. Alex Gurley, Peoplemag, 31 Mar. 2023 No one meeting Pearl Adler on the street would have taken her for a fallen woman, let alone the proprietress of Manhattan's most renowned bordello. CBS News, 6 Nov. 2021 Farther down Tsentralna, at the Flower Cafe — which sells plants and bouquets as well as food — proprietress Tetiana Lytvynenko, 33, was serving up paninis and coffee. Laura Kingstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 15 Nov. 2022 Deidrie Henry also shines as Agostino Segorati, the real-life proprietress of a Montmartre café where a lovestruck Vincent had his first show. San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Nov. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1692, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of proprietress was in 1692

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“Proprietress.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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