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[oh-ner] /ˈoʊ nər/
a person who owns; possessor; proprietor.
Origin of owner
1300-50; Middle English; see own, -er1
Related forms
nonowner, noun Unabridged
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  • Political affiliations arise from ideological positions of media owners and journalists.
  • It will provide these traits only to owners who will offer lots of activity.
  • Exploitation which favors the wellbeing of the owners and workers.
  • In other areas ownership returned to the owners of adjacent land.
  • Tenants and owners however inspiring the scenery, it was not an easy place to live.
  • Some homes are constructed by the owners with the intent to occupy.
  • Pug owners have gone to great lengths to control this pug characteristic.
  • Bowls are frequently named by their creators or owners, or by a tea master.
  • The owners of the recycling businesses were known as the shoddy barons .
  • Marina berth used to allow the owners of leisure craft on and off their boats.
British Dictionary definitions for owners


a person who owns; legal possessor
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Word Origin and History for owners



mid-14c., agent noun from own (v.).

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