proprietor-ship

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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