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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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 As proprietress of a boarding house that seems to cater to misfits and down-and-outers, this maternal figure stands tall, talks truth, and envelops her little band of losers in the warming embrace of honest affection and genuine respect. Marilyn Stasio, Variety, 8 Oct. 2021 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1692, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of proprietress was in 1692

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Cite this Entry

“Proprietress.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

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