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 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, "Coronavirus Chased Off Tourists—Lots of Locals Don’t Want Them Ever Flocking Back," 15 Aug. 2020 Waters noted that the winemaker’s proprietress, Lulu Peyraud, is 102 and a longtime family mentor. Los Angeles Times, "Watch the L.A. Times Book Club’s virtual meet-up with author Fanny Singer and chef Alice Waters," 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, "Looking for gardeners Finding a great gardener can be a challenge in Britain," 14 Mar. 2020 Angelique is the close friend and co-proprietress of the first novel’s heroine, Delilah. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Hot Stuff: Five new romance novels are all about second chances," 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, "Do you spell it ‘theater’ or ‘theater’? Who cares? Just go and see a show.," 15 Oct. 2019 There, the proprietress greeted us with prosecco, stewed meats and quintessentially Triestine strucolo, a strudel-like pastry. Tara Isabella Burton, WSJ, "Undiscovered Italy: The Strange and Splendid Carso Region," 20 June 2019 Amy Shearn is the mother of two small children, and is the proprietress of Household Words, a blog about babies, books, and Brooklyn. Amy Shearn, Redbook, "The Best & Worst Mothers in Our Favorite Books," 2 Apr. 2013 Amy Shearn is the mother of two small children and the proprietress of Household Words, a blog about babies, books, and Brooklyn. Amy Shearn, Redbook, "My 4-Year-Old Doesn't Need High Heels," 1 Aug. 2013

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First Known Use of proprietress

1692, in the meaning defined above

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“Proprietress.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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formal : a woman who is a proprietor

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