proprietor

[pruh-prahy-i-ter]
noun
1.
the owner of a business establishment, a hotel, etc.
2.
a person who has the exclusive right or title to something; an owner, as of real property.
3.
a group of proprietors; proprietary.

Origin:
1630–40; propriet(ary) + -or2

proprietorial [pruh-prahy-i-tawr-ee-uhl, -tohr-] , adjective
proprietorially, adverb
proprietorship, noun
nonproprietor, noun
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proprietor (prəˈpraɪətə)
 
n
1.  an owner of an unincorporated business enterprise
2.  a person enjoying exclusive right of ownership to some property
3.  (US) history a governor or body of governors of a proprietary colony
 
pro'prietorship
 
n
 
proprietorial
 
adj
 
pro'prietress
 
fem n
 
pro'prietrix
 
fem n

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proprietor
1639, "owner, by royal grant, of an American colony," probably from proprietary (n.) in sense "property owner" (1473, see proprietary). In general sense of "one who holds something as property" it is attested from 1645.
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Example sentences
He went down from his apartment to a small café to ask the perplexed proprietor
  for some coffee grounds.
If this story was about a one property hotel with a sole proprietor, few would
  complain about them replacing their workers.
The customer can be an individual, a proprietor, a partner ship firm or a
  corporate body.
The department must give a copy of them to the proprietor of every on-site
  eating establishment.
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