Meaning of “proprietor” in the English Dictionary

(Definition of “proprietor” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"proprietor" in American English

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proprietornoun [ C ]

us /prəˈprɑɪ·ɪ·t̬ər/

a person who owns and usually manages a business:

He is the proprietor of one of the best hotels in Orlando.

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"proprietor" in Business English

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proprietornoun [ C ]

uk /prəˈpraɪətər/ us

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.

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