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[pruh-prahy-i-tris] /prəˈpraɪ ɪ trɪs/
a woman who owns a business establishment.
a woman who has the exclusive right or title to something.
Origin of proprietress
1685-95; propriet(o)r + -ess
Usage note
See -ess. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The proprietress assured me that they would soon build a good hotel, as travel demanded it.

    My Trip Around the World Eleonora Hunt
  • She was stupefied at learning that I had just in my ardour proposed to its proprietress to sit to me.

    The Beldonald Holbein Henry James
  • It became a great Occidental circus when Colonel Pike married the proprietress.

    The Path of a Star Mrs. Everard Cotes (AKA Sara Jeannette Duncan)
  • Townsend advanced toward her, certain that she must be the proprietress of the High Light.

    The Plunderer Roy Norton
  • Originally a peasant girl, she had by untiring energy become the proprietress of the great establishment.

    Brittany Mortimer Menpes and Dorothy Menpes
  • The cause of this isolation lies in the unsociable temper of the proprietress.

    The Mason-bees J. Henri Fabre
  • Striding swiftly across the promenade, he entered a small tobacco shop and made inquiry of the proprietress.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • It was Madame Castillon, proprietress of a neighbouring farm.

    Bouvard and Pcuchet Gustave Flaubert
  • The proprietress paid the girls small salaries, expecting them to live on tips.

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