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proprietor

[pruh-prahy-i-ter] /prəˈpraɪ ɪ tər/
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
1630-1640
1630-40; propriet(ary) + -or2
Related forms
proprietorial
[pruh-prahy-i-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-] /prəˌpraɪ ɪˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
proprietorially, adverb
proprietorship, noun
nonproprietor, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for proprietor ship

proprietor

/prəˈpraɪətə/
noun
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
Derived Forms
proprietorship, noun
proprietorial (prəˌpraɪəˈtɔːrɪəl) adjective
proprietress, proprietrix, noun:feminine
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Word Origin and History for proprietor ship

proprietor

n.

1630s, "owner, by royal grant, of an American colony," probably from proprietary (n.) in sense "property owner" (late 15c., see proprietary). In general sense of "one who holds something as property" it is attested from 1640s.

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