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proprietor

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Definition the owner of a business

More rarely, proprietor can reference someone with sole or partial ownership of anything — such as a trademark.
  • After 40 years of greeting guests in person, the proprietor is retiring.
proprietor = the owner of a business
  • 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 said "There has never been such a fish."
    Ernest Hemingway  --  The Old Man and the Sea
  • proprietor = owner of the business
  • the luggage-store proprietor
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles
  • proprietor = the owner of a business
  • The proprietor leaned forward in his chair, the better to see the ragged dirty man.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • proprietor = owner of a business
  • The proprietor came over to take their order.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  All the Pretty Horses
  • proprietor = the owner of a business
  • Dick, standing by me was looking round the company with an air of proprietorship in them, I thought.
    William Morris  --  News from Nowhere
  • Henry Kelly, proprietor of a tobacco shop and soda fountain called the Kelly Fruit until Prom Night leveled it, has no plans to rebuild.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • A faded blue and white sign gave the rates and the proprietor's name.
    Tim O'Brien  --  Going After Cacciato
  • Turner, the proprietor, stood at one end, his face livid, his hands aloft and shaking.
    Zane Grey  --  The Man of the Forest
  • I tried the number again while the obliging proprietor dug up his two coldest ones from the bottom of the deep freeze.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • Man is master and proprietor, says Descartes, whereas the beast is merely an automaton, an animated machine, amachinaanimata .
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • I'm to ask for the proprietor of Cook's.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Fever, 1793
  • The brightly painted wooden booths selling lottery tickets, the proprietors' hopes preying on hope—"Bank Lotto, New York."
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • "I am glad you have been able to sleep," he said, taking her hand with anxious proprietorship—an act which gave her a pleasant surprise.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • Herold was glib, boasting to the Confederate proprietor that they'd killed the president.
    Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • They're proprietors of a sort, but we're the landowners.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • " "It's a new shade," said the woman proprietor, getting it out of the window.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • If the editor does not produce a saleable edition the proprietor sacks him.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • The proprietor would give you a good price.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

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