pro·​pri·​e·​tress | \ prə-ˈprī-ə-trəs How to pronounce proprietress (audio) , prō- \

Definition of proprietress

: a woman who is a proprietor

Examples of proprietress in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The pair eventually comes across a widowed proprietress, Rose (Kirsten Dunst), and her son, Peter (Kodi Smit-McPhee), both of whom are moved to tears at the mercy of Phil's cruel treatment. Joey Nolfi,, 26 Aug. 2021 With that approval in hand, proprietress Lilly Vuong hopes to open by the summer. Ian Mcnulty,, 14 Jan. 2021 Mimiko Takayasu, 80 years old, is proprietress of a century-old tea house where geisha entertain wealthy Japanese with traditional music and dance. Miho Inada, WSJ, 15 Aug. 2020 Waters noted that the winemaker’s proprietress, Lulu Peyraud, is 102 and a longtime family mentor. Los Angeles Times, 22 Apr. 2020 One proprietress likens it to trying to recruit a lover and hairdresser in one, calling both for deep professional acumen and exquisite fingers. The Economist, 14 Mar. 2020 Angelique is the close friend and co-proprietress of the first novel’s heroine, Delilah. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 3 Nov. 2019 Allan said Theatre’s turned out to be an Irish pub, with wonderful food and a lovely proprietress who was very kind to the awkward young American. John Kelly, Washington Post, 15 Oct. 2019 There, the proprietress greeted us with prosecco, stewed meats and quintessentially Triestine strucolo, a strudel-like pastry. Tara Isabella Burton, WSJ, 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of proprietress

1692, in the meaning defined above

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“Proprietress.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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