- proprietor 1630s, "owner, by royal grant, of an American colony," probably from proprietary (n.) in sense "property owner" (late 15c., see PROPRIETARY (Cf. proprietary)). In general sense of "one who holds something as property" it is attested from 1640s.
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proprietor — pro·pri·e·tor /prə prī ə tər/ n: one who has legal right or exclusive title to something: owner; also: one (as a lessee) having an interest (as control or present use) less than absolute or exclusive right Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law.… … Law dictionary
Proprietor — Pro*pri e*tor, n. [For older proprietary: cf. F. propri[ e]tarie.] One who has the legal right or exclusive title to anything, whether in possession or not; an owner; as, the proprietor of farm or of a mill. [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
proprietor — is the standard spelling, not er … Modern English usage
proprietor — [n] person who owns something freeholder*, front office, holder, land owner, meal ticket*, owner, possessor, proprietary, titleholder; concepts 343,347 Ant. customer … New thesaurus
proprietor — ► NOUN (fem. proprietress) 1) the owner of a business. 2) a holder of property … English terms dictionary
proprietor — [prə prī′ə tər, prōprī′ə tər] n. [irreg. formation < PROPRIET(ARY) + OR] 1. a person who has a legal title or exclusive right to some property; owner ☆ 2. the owner of a proprietary colony 3. one who owns and operates a business establishment… … English World dictionary
proprietor — In relation to excise goods this term includes the owner, importer, exporter, shipper, or other person owning or being beneficially interested in the goods. HM Customs & Revenue Glossary * * * proprietor pro‧pri‧e‧tor [prəˈpraɪətə ǁ ər]… … Financial and business terms
proprietor — pro|pri|e|tor [prəˈpraıətə US ər] n formal an owner of a business proprietor of ▪ the proprietor of a small hotel and restaurant newspaper/garage/cafe etc proprietor … Dictionary of contemporary English
proprietor — [[t]prəpra͟ɪ͟ətə(r)[/t]] proprietors N COUNT The proprietor of a hotel, shop, newspaper, or other business is the person who owns it. [FORMAL] ...the proprietor of a local restaurant... He was the sole proprietor with total management control.… … English dictionary
proprietor — UK [prəˈpraɪətə(r)] / US [prəˈpraɪətər] noun [countable] Word forms proprietor : singular proprietor plural proprietors formal someone who owns a business a hotel proprietor … English dictionary