Definition of proprietress in English:



  • A female proprietor.

    • ‘In the village he only seemed to know the proprietress.’
    • ‘The next morning, the proprietress of the B & B, waggling an admonishing finger as only middle-aged Welsh matrons can, suggested that we should find alternate lodging.’
    • ‘Maybe I'll find my pension by happening across its grinning proprietress as she wanders the streets trying to snare lost holidaymakers in the morning.’
    • ‘Also arrested in an operation, codenamed " Fire Balloon " which started last Friday, were a director of a company, a proprietress of an estate agency, six flat owners, and 30 suspected bogus tenants.’
    • ‘There is too great a contradiction between the interests of the woman worker and the lady proprietress, between the servant and her mistress…’
    • ‘In fact, if the truth were told, his long courtship of Inger was as much a courtship of the business as of its proprietress.’
    • ‘There were two customers in the salon when the incident happened shortly before 3.30, but they and the proprietress dashed to safety into the street.’
    • ‘He alone among the guests at a country inn does not vie for the affections of the proprietress Mirandolina, thus setting in motion her plan to humble him by seducing him.’
    • ‘Visitors send $20,000 to the youthful proprietress to help defray her credit card bills.’
    • ‘The proprietress is intrigued to see someone with a white face - a foreigner.’
    • ‘I give the place 9 points out of a possible ten, with a mandatory point deducted when the proprietress failed to address me as ‘hon.’’
    • ‘On the proprietress's recommendation, I complemented the puffer with a plate of fried tofu, which was also very good.’
    • ‘A film crew was there filming a tongue-in-cheek interview with the proprietress of the place.’
    • ‘Perhaps in their younger days the grumpy old men had a talent for fast-paced interviewage, but surely not the knack for tag-team existentialism, and Matthau was never told off by a strict proprietress for climbing on a café counter.’
    • ‘There she lives under the watchful eye of the proprietress, the geisha house ‘mother’, even stricter than her own mother.’
    • ‘Having received directions from the proprietress, Mrs. Marshall, that morning they made their way to Flinders Street Station to find a train which would take them the seven or eight miles to the bayside suburb of Brighton.’
    • ‘To add to the authenticity, a massive family portrait from 1970s Saigon shows our proprietress at age eight.’
    • ‘The proprietress Claude, a woman with all the graces, originally from Tours, and her solid bricoleur husband, recommended a lovely place to swim no more than ten kilometers ‘thattaway’.’
    • ‘I met the proprietress of the establishment on a street as I looked at another pension, and she was all smiles and pigeon English as she led me to a dark alley.’
    • ‘On an errand to the school to deliver a packet of hand-bills advertising the wax-works, Nell meets up with the school proprietress and her teachers and pupils, lined up, books open, about to take their morning walk.’
    property owner, proprietor, lessor, letter, householder, freeholder, landowner, landholder, master
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