- The definition of a proprietor is the person who owns or operates a business.
An example of proprietor is the person who owns a shoe shop.
- a person who has a legal title or exclusive right to some property; owner
- ☆ the owner of a proprietary colony
- one who owns and operates a business establishment
Origin of proprietorirregular formation ; from propriet(ary) + -or
- One who has legal title to something; an owner.
- One who owns or owns and manages a business or other such establishment.
Origin of proprietorProbably alteration of Middle English proprietarie; see proprietary.
- An owner.
- A sole owner of an unincorporated business, also called a sole proprietor.
- One of the owners of an unincorporated business, a partner.
- (history) 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.
Borrowed from Latin proprietor (see below), from proprietas, 'property', from proprius '(one's) own'