What does proprietor mean?

Definitions for proprietor
prəˈpraɪ ɪ tərpro·pri·etor

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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"


  1. proprietornoun

    An owner

  2. proprietornoun

    A sole owner of an unincorporated business, also called a sole proprietor

  3. proprietornoun

    One of the owners of an unincorporated business, a partner

  4. proprietornoun

    One or more persons to whom a colonial territory is assigned, like a fief, including its administration

    From 10 September 1621 till 12 June 1632, Sir William Alexander, styled Earl of Stirling and Viscount of Canada, was proprietor of the Scottish colony Nova Scotia

  5. Etymology: Borrowed from proprietor (see below), from proprietas, 'property', from proprius '(one's) own'

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Proprietornoun

    A possessor in his own right.

    Etymology: from proprius, Lat.

    Man, by being master of himself, and proprietor of his own person, and the actions of labour of it, had still in himself the great foundation of property. John Locke.

    Though they are scattered on the wings of the morning, and remain in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there shall his right hand fetch them out, and lead them home to their ancient proprietor. John Rogers.


  1. proprietor

    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. proprietor

    A proprietor is an individual who owns and operates a business. This person has exclusive rights, control, and responsibility over the business's affairs and is entitled to all profits, but also liable for all losses or debts incurred by the business.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Proprietornoun

    one who has the legal right or exclusive title to anything, whether in possession or not; an owner; as, the proprietor of farm or of a mill

  2. Etymology: [For older proprietary: cf. F. propritarie.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Proprietor

    prō-prī′e-tor, n. one who has anything as his property: an owner:—fem. Proprī′etress, Proprī′etrix.—adjs. Proprī′etary, Proprietō′rial, belonging to a proprietor.—n. Proprī′etary, a proprietor, owner: a body of proprietors: the rights of a proprietor.—n. Proprī′etorship, state or right of a proprietor: ownership.—Proprietary right, the right of a proprietor: the common-law right of a playwright to control production or representation of his drama so long as unpublished: the right when protected by copyright after publication.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of proprietor in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of proprietor in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of proprietor in a Sentence

  1. Oriola Oluwaseyi:

    My daughter's proprietor introduced me to this program last year, and I subscribed to the initiative because I knew it was something... to relieve Oriola Oluwaseyi of the burden of spending money on the fees, the program has given me leverage to channel the funds I would have spent on school fees, to buying of school bag, new pair of sandals and books for her.

  2. Andrew Grove, Co-founder and Chairman of Intel Corporation, Only the Paranoid Survive:

    The sad news is, nobody owes you a career. Your career is literally your business. You own it as a sole proprietor. You have one employee: yourself. You need to accept ownership of your career, your skills and the timing of your moves.

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