• WordNet 3.6
    • n proprietor (law) someone who owns (is legal possessor of) a business "he is the owner of a chain of restaurants"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Proprietor 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n proprietor One who has the legal right or exclusive title to something; an owner: as, the proprietor of a farm or of a mill.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Proprietor prō-prī′e-tor one who has anything as his property: an owner
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
For older proprietary,: cf. F. propriétarie,


In literature:

The reason was that the proprietor was disgusted by the unflattering account given of his Inn and must have objected.
"Pickwickian Studies" by Percy Fitzgerald
As he reached the office he glanced at the proprietor.
"The Flaw in the Sapphire" by Charles M. Snyder
The proprietors were promised a remission of L16 for men, and L20 for women, on the quit-rent.
"The History of Tasmania, Volume I (of 2)" by John West
But the door was locked, and the key was in the pocket of the proprietor of the saloon.
"Down South" by Oliver Optic
Facts about the length of residence before January 1st, 1910, of 363 proprietors are no less illuminating than their birth-places.
"The Negro at Work in New York City" by George Edmund Haynes
Suddenly, the boy makes a dash for some oranges and flies up the street, the proprietor in full chase.
"Danger! A True History of a Great City's Wiles and Temptations" by William Howe
A stranger might easily have mistaken one of us for the proprietor and him for the guest.
"Twenty Years of Hus'ling" by J. P. Johnston
I am here in obedience to the commands of my father, whose brother is the proprietor of the rich estate of San Salvador.
"The Tiger Hunter" by Mayne Reid
After a sharp contest, in which large sums were spent, the proprietors put his party in power.
"The Political History of England - Vol. X." by William Hunt
And buy they did from the Proprietors at a nominal figure.
"Blue Ridge Country" by Jean Thomas

In poetry:

As I look on each brother proprietor's face,
I could open my arms in a loving embrace;
What wonder that feelings, undreamed of so long,
Should burst all at once in a blossom of song!
"For The Centennial Dinner" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

Russo is currently the chef and proprietor of Heartland Restaurant & Farm Direct Market in St Paul .
A barbecue proprietor's request for a permit to sell beer with sandwiches must wait another week because the town's attorney wasn't asked to attend the Beer Board meeting to be held next Wednesday morning.
Actress Hilary Swank examines a bottle in the cellars of Marchesi di Barolo with proprietor Ernesto Abbona.
The software developer and proprietor of digital distribution store Steam has a plan to sell custom PC gaming machines to geared toward competing with next-generation consoles from Sony and Microsoft.
This year, the association's RAM Award for Most Creative Concept went to Peter Lovis, longtime proprietor of The Cheese Shop of Concord , whose annual Crucolo Day Parade heralds the arrival of a 400-lb.
Ruth Wuerth, proprietor of Parfumerie in St Matthews, specializes in just that.
Proprietor Steven Horvath also owns the Olive Oil Shop in Lake Geneva, Wisc.
Marco Zapien, proprietor of Zapien's Salsa Grill and Taqueria, at the Pico Rivera eatery which has been named Best Mexican Restaurant in Los Angeles County for the fifth straight year Dec 11, 2012.
Omar's Carriage House executive chef Tony Drake and proprietor.
" Foams are a signature to many of our recipes at Mr Rain's Fun House," says Perez Klebahn, beverage director and proprietor at the Baltimore eatery.
Here's a test for the sole proprietors out there.
Chef/proprietor Mike Kurotobi, mj2 Bistro, Park Ridge, iL.
I got the drink when I asked for a bar specialty from Hans, the Kelvin 's new owner and former proprietor of another neighborhood place in the Village, Hans' Bier Haus.
Earlier this year, Roy's son and longtime store proprietor Clark Kepler retired from the family business, and Kepler 's welcomed a new transition team led by former Kepler 's enthusiast Praveen Madan.
Not many chefs in Northeast Pennsylvania have the privilege of saying they worked directly under a world-famous chef, or were employed by the Coors family (as in, proprietors of the beer company).

In science:

Furthermore I thank the Spinoza Institute, Utrecht University, for hospitality. I thank the proprietors and crew of smal l world coffee in Princeton for kindly supplying me with coffee of reasonable quality.
Symmetries and interactions in matrix string theory