Definition of proprietor in English:



  • The owner of a business, or a holder of property:

    ‘Chinese restaurant proprietors’
    ‘by 1640 he was himself the proprietor of a three-hundred-acre tract’
    • ‘Each year, thousands of sole proprietors double the size of their businesses by hiring their first employee.’
    • ‘There are three main reasons why the same media proprietors still hold the power.’
    • ‘Food preparation areas were kept clean but it was the surrounding areas that some restaurant and cafe proprietors overlooked.’
    • ‘Has he told the new proprietors how he intends to spend their money?’
    • ‘We thank the proprietors of all the venues, whose hospitality and generosity have helped swell the coffers.’
    • ‘And so Harry became the new proprietor of the company.’
    • ‘And frankly, that's what the media proprietors have been saying for some time.’
    • ‘The partners agreed to share the name, but to be sole proprietor of their own stores.’
    • ‘Unlike census officials, newspaper proprietors have a keen interest in counting the newspapers and the takings.’
    • ‘Most include third party coverage - for example, if a customer sues the proprietor of a retail store.’
    • ‘Condolences go to the proprietors of the shop who have worked so hard to make a success of it.’
    • ‘If her bid stands, she could become the sole proprietor of the hotel.’
    • ‘I crossed to the bar and asked the proprietor about the room.’
    • ‘When Dennis died in 1971 Mary became the sole proprietor.’
    • ‘Its proprietors have managed to fashion a sow's ear out of a silk purse.’
    • ‘The proprietor of the store placed a " Good manners welcomed here " sign on the door.’
    • ‘Talk about insurance with the proprietors of businesses similar to yours.’
    • ‘In unison, we asked the proprietor how he ended up so far from his homeland.’
    • ‘They heard his cheerful voice coming from within as he hailed the proprietor of the establishment.’
    owner, possessor, holder, keeper, freeholder, landowner, squire, landlord, landlady, master, mistress, proprietress
    innkeeper, hotelkeeper, hotelier, licensee, patron, shopkeeper
    title-holder, deed-holder
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