What does owner mean?

Definitions for owner

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word owner.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. owner, proprietornoun

    (law) someone who owns (is legal possessor of) a business

    "he is the owner of a chain of restaurants"

  2. owner, possessornoun

    a person who owns something

    "they are searching for the owner of the car"; "who is the owner of that friendly smile?"


  1. ownernoun

    One who owns (something).

    Are you the owner of this car?

  2. ownernoun

    captain of a ship

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Ownernoun

    One to whom any thing belongs; master; rightful possessor.

    Etymology: from own.

    A bark
    Stays but till her owner comes aboard. William Shakespeare.

    Is it not enough to break into my garden,
    Climbing my walls in spight of me the owner,
    But thou wilt brave me. William Shakespeare.

    Here shew favour, because it happeneth that the owner hath incurred the forfeiture of eight years profit of his lands, before he cometh to the knowledge of the process against him. Francis Bacon.

    They intend advantage of my labours,
    With no small profit daily to my owners. John Milton.

    These wait the owners last despair,
    And what’s permitted to the flames invade. Dryden.

    A freehold, though but in ice and snow, will make the owner pleased in the possession, and stout in the defence of it. Joseph Addison, Freeholder, №. 1.

    That small muscle draws the nose upwards, when it expresses the contempt which the owner of it has upon seeing any thing he does not like. Joseph Addison, Spectator.

    Victory hath not made us insolent, nor have we taken advantage to gain any thing beyond the honour of restoring every one’s right to their just owners. Francis Atterbury.

    What is this wit, which must our cares employ?
    The owner ’s wife, that other men enjoy. Alexander Pope.


  1. owner

    Ownership is the state or fact of legal possession and control over property, which may be any asset, tangible or intangible. Ownership can involve multiple rights, collectively referred to as title, which may be separated and held by different parties. The process and mechanics of ownership are fairly complex: one can gain, transfer, and lose ownership of property in a number of ways. To acquire property one can purchase it with money, trade it for other property, win it in a bet, receive it as a gift, inherit it, find it, receive it as damages, earn it by doing work or performing services, make it, or homestead it. One can transfer or lose ownership of property by selling it for money, exchanging it for other property, giving it as a gift, misplacing it, or having it stripped from one's ownership through legal means such as eviction, foreclosure, seizure, or taking. Ownership is self-propagating in that the owner of any property will also own the economic benefits of that property.


  1. owner

    An owner is a person or entity that holds legal rights and responsibilities over a particular property, object, business, or asset. This ownership can be exclusive, allowing the owner to utilize, manage, sell, or transfer the property or asset according to their preferences within the bounds of the law. An owner can also share these rights with others in situations of co-ownership or joint ownership.

Editors Contribution

  1. owner

    A person named Owner when he holds something.

    Oh, Owen Owned Will.

    Submitted by anonymous on January 15, 2021  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. OWNER

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Owner is ranked #147253 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Owner surname appeared 112 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Owner.

    78.5% or 88 total occurrences were White.
    12.5% or 14 total occurrences were Black.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'owner' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2043

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'owner' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4236

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'owner' in Nouns Frequency: #544

Anagrams for owner »

  1. rowen

  2. reown

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of owner in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of owner in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of owner in a Sentence

  1. Jeff Lenard:

    There is no Robin Hood in this, these are thieves. They are not robbing from the rich and giving to the poor. The gas station owner is the least responsible for high prices. The cost of theft gets passed on in higher prices, and when people are driving around with unsecured stolen fuel, it is a concern to anybody.

  2. Bruce Montgomery:

    For far too long, but I'll tell you, pastor, it's coming back, young people are starting to see that there are many roads in which they can be. They don't just have to be a rapper or an athlete to make it forward. They can be a business owner.

  3. Brian Mortellaro:

    Filet-O-Fish, Big Mac —both of those started with owner-operators, we took this idea up the chain and they’re letting us try it out ...It’s a chicken-and-waffles taste. I just think that’s something that isn’t out there right now.

  4. Jeremy Smith:

    I'm an avid gun owner, i carry, like just about anybody else does.

  5. Richard Painter:

    This is a program that's been around for a long time, but we shouldn't have a president making decisions about that program when he himself stands to benefit from the investments that these people are making because, once again, what this program is all about is telling people you're going to get residency in the United States if you bring a lot of money along with you and invest it in American businesses, the President should not be the owner of some of those businesses that are going to be getting that money if he's administering that program, or if his administration is.

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