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proprietor

noun [C]
 
 
/prəˈpraɪətər/
(abbreviation prop.) the owner of a business, especially a hotel, a store, or a company that publishes newspapers: Their father was the proprietor of an electrical and furniture store. a small business proprietor a garage/hotel/newspaper proprietor
PROPERTY the owner of land or buildings: The man claimed to be the proprietor of the disputed land. He rose to become proprietor of Wye Hall, one of Maryland's historic estates.
LAW the owner of a copyright (= the legal rights to a book, play, piece of music, etc.) or a patent (= the legal rights to a product): The proprietor of a patent may wish to be selective about markets and granting licences.
→ See also media proprietor, registered proprietor, sole proprietor
(Definition of proprietor from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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