Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “proprietary”

See all translations

proprietary

adjective [before noun]
 
 
/prəˈpraɪətəri/ US   /prəˈpraɪəteri/
MARKETING, COMMERCE used to describe a product that is made and sold by a particular company whose name, or a name that it owns, is on the product: The products were developed using two proprietary and patented technologies. The company focused too heavily proprietary products as the source of competitive advantage. a proprietary brand/name a proprietary drug/medicine proprietary software/systems
LAW relating to ideas or information that belong to one particular company and can only be used by them: proprietary content/data/information The equation used to produce the estimates is proprietary.
relating to an owner or to the fact of owning something: The employees have a proprietary interest in the company.
→  Compare generic
(Definition of proprietary adjective from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of proprietary?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “proprietary” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

derivative

If something is derivative, it is not the result of new ideas, but has been developed from or copies something else.

Word of the Day

Euphemisms (Words used to Avoid Offending People)

by Kate Woodford,
March 04, 2015
​​​ We recently looked at the language that we use to describe lies and lying. One area of lying that we considered was ‘being slightly dishonest, or not speaking the complete truth’. One reason for not speaking the complete truth is to avoid saying something that might upset or offend people. Words and

Read More 

snapchat verb

March 02, 2015
to send someone a message using the photomessaging application Snapchat We used to have a thing until he got a girlfriend. now

Read More