Focus on the pronunciation of proprietor
English definition of “proprietor”
/prəˈpraɪətər/ noun [C]
› (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