Synonym Comparison: Proprietor is more formal than owner. It also implies a hands-on relationship with the business. For example, it is more strongly implied that the proprietor of a restaurant regularly works at the restaurant than the owner of a restaurant who might count on a manager to keep things running well.
After 40 years of greeting guests in person, the proprietor is retiring.
No tax can be laid on land which will not affect the proprietor of millions of acres as well as the proprietor of a single acre.
Alexander Hamilton -- The Federalist Papers
The proprietor leaned forward in his chair, the better to see the ragged dirty man.
John Steinbeck -- The Grapes of Wrath
The proprietor said "There has never been such a fish."
Ernest Hemingway -- The Old Man and the Sea
the luggage-store proprietor
Ray Bradbury -- The Martian Chronicles
The proprietor came over to take their order.
Cormac McCarthy -- All the Pretty Horses
It was a social custom, strangely enough, that she’d picked up from watching me years before, the polite duty of a host or proprietor in bidding a respectful goodbye.
Chang-rae Lee -- A Gesture Life
He walked in while Samantha, the proprietor, was busy, asking for a number four.
Jojo Moyes -- Me Before You
His father had been assured by the proprietors that his new settlement would be safe.
Elizabeth George Speare -- The Sign of the Beaver
She also spoke of finding another store to patronize, one where the proprietors were more concerned about the welfare of the community.
Mildred D. Taylor -- Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
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What I am proposing is that you come down to the farm and live on it, acting as the proprietor in my absence.
William Styron -- Sophie’s Choice
The proprietor called her over to join us.
Laurie Halse Anderson -- Chains
He waved a hand with a sort of proprietorial gesture.
Diana Gabaldon -- Outlander
He and his peers did not know they were making decisions that would leave them, leave Alan, as he now was — virtually broke, nearly unemployed, the proprietor of a one-man consulting firm run out of his home office.
Dave Eggers -- A Hologram for the King
The proprietor had just lighted a hanging oil lamp which gave off an unclean but friendly smell.
George Orwell -- 1984
The steward for his part tried to pretend to the count that he considered these consultations very valuable for the proprietor and troublesome to himself.
Leo Tolstoy -- War and Peace
If the editor does not produce a saleable edition the proprietor sacks him.
Daphne du Maurier -- Rebecca
The largest landed proprietor in that part is a Mr. John Turner, who made his money in Australia and returned some years ago to the old country.
Arthur Conan Doyle -- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Thinking that it was a mistake, I went out the next day, hauled a few dozen boxes, and chatted with another twenty proprietors while I collected cans and jars.
Nicholas Sparks -- A Walk to Remember
The merchant was the proprietor of a dry goods shop, and he always demanded that the sheep be sheared in his presence, so that he would not be cheated.
Paulo Coelho -- The Alchemist
You are to leave the keys on coming away in the main hall of the house, where the proprietor may get them on his entering the house by means of his duplicate key.
Bram Stoker -- Dracula
It took no inconsiderable perseverance to arouse the inmates; but at last the respectable proprietor appeared, and undid the door.
Harriet Beecher Stowe -- Uncle Tom’s Cabin
It had occurred to me that this shadow of a garage must be a blind, and that sumptuous and romantic apartments were concealed overhead, when the proprietor himself appeared in the door of an office, wiping his hands on a piece of waste.
F. Scott Fitzgerald -- The Great Gatsby
The proprietor served him obsequiously but did not venture to talk.
James Joyce -- Dubliners
This stranger, to the perceptions of the proprietor of the cocoanut shy, appeared to be talking to himself, and Mr. Huxter remarked the same thing.
H.G. Wells -- The Invisible Man
Dr Fujii was the proprietor of a peculiarly Japanese institution, a private, single doctor hospital.
John Hersey -- Hiroshima
These were agreeably dispersed among small specimens of china and glass, various neat trifles made by the proprietor of the museum, and some tobacco-stoppers carved by the Aged.
Charles Dickens -- Great Expectations
But the proprietor appeared already to have relinquished as hopeless, the effort to perpetuate on this side of the Atlantic, in a hard soil, and amid the close struggle for subsistence, the native English taste for ornamental gardening.
Nathaniel Hawthorne -- The Scarlet Letter
The accidental discovery, just made, that the proprietor of the Temperance Tavern kept liquor on his premises, scarcely fluttered the public pulse, tremendous as the fact was.
Mark Twain -- The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Let’s grab this loot and run for it, the men say, but Odysseus wants to stay and have a word with the proprietor.
Homer -- The Odyssey
The proprietor and two clerks stood on the sidewalk with armfuls of bolts of cotton cloth they had been displaying.
Margaret Mitchell -- Gone with the Wind
I would not kill a proprietor of any kind.
Ernest Hemingway -- For Whom the Bell Tolls
The proprietor was behind the bar.
Ernest Hemingway -- A Farewell to Arms
Its proprietor, Roderick Usher, had been one of my boon companions in boyhood; but many years had elapsed since our last meeting.
Edgar Allan Poe -- The Fall of the House of Usher
Handsome Anton Jelinek, who had rented his homestead and come to town, was the proprietor.
Willa Cather -- My Antonia
In spite of Petra’s continued propensity to slip at any moment into what, in terms of sound, would be a deafening bellow, we all felt a proprietorial pride in her progress.
John Wyndham -- The Chrysalids
As it was not my place of business I felt it to be the proper thing to show the money to the proprietor.
Booker T. Washington -- Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
The proprietor of the hotel, Mr. McBeth, was to be the three Chinese monkeys.
F. Scott Fitzgerald -- Tender is the Night
The first question which I am tempted to put to the proprietor of such great impropriety is, Who bolsters you?
Henry David Thoreau -- Walden
And he signed it rapidly, after having first run his eye over that part of the deed in which were specified the situation of the house and the names of the proprietors.
Alexandre Dumas -- The Count of Monte Cristo
The proprietor would give you a good price.
Benjamin Franklin -- The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
"Hold!" exclaimed the proprietor of the condemned animal, aloud, without regard to the whispering tones used by the others; "spare the foal of Miriam! it is the comely offspring of a faithful dam, and would willingly injure naught."
James Fenimore Cooper -- The Last of the Mohicans
But the bakery was empty of customers and he was afraid that the white proprietor would recognize him.
Richard Wright -- Native Son
Now, according to local tradition, this Maitre Gorbeau had been the proprietor of the building numbered 50-52 on the Boulevard de l’Hopital.
Victor Hugo -- Les Miserables
In the end, when the silence and suspense were no longer to be borne, he got up and hammered on the door; and the proprietor came, yawning and rubbing his eyes.
Upton Sinclair -- The Jungle
The landlord of the Spouter-Inn had recommended us to his cousin Hosea Hussey of the Try Pots, whom he asserted to be the proprietor of one of the best kept hotels in all Nantucket, and moreover he had assured us that Cousin Hosea, as he called him, was famous for his chowders.
Herman Melville -- Moby Dick
On my arrival at Starkfield, Denis Eady, the rich Irish grocer, who was the proprietor of Starkfield’s nearest approach to a livery stable, had entered into an agreement to send me over daily to Corbury Flats, where I had to pick up my train for the Junction.
Edith Wharton -- Ethan Frome
So saying, he pulled out his own handkerchief, likewise a very elegant handkerchief, and of fine cambric—though cambric was dear at the period—but a handkerchief without embroidery and without arms, only ornamented with a single cipher, that of its proprietor.
Alexandre Dumas -- The Three Musketeers
She did not linger to discuss class distinctions with Madame Pouponne, but hastened to a neighboring grocery store, feeling sure that Mademoiselle would have left her address with the proprietor.
Kate Chopin -- The Awakening
The cafe proprietor introduced me to the Reverend A. L. Davis and one of his colleagues, Mr. Gayle, a civic leader and bookstore-owner, and a number of others.