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Etymology edit

Probably from proprietary +‎ -or.

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  • IPA(key): /pɹəˈpɹaɪətɚ/
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proprietor (plural proprietors, feminine proprietress)

  1. An owner.
    • 1879, Chas. McArmor, The New Handbook of Vienna [] [1], 2nd edition, Otto Maass, page 106:
      Here the proprietor has had the good sense of holding on to the good old fashion of giving his customers their moneyworth of good wines and liquors.
    • 2013 August 10, Lexington, “Keeping the mighty honest”, in The Economist, volume 408, number 8848:
      The [Washington] Post's proprietor through those turbulent [Watergate] days, Katharine Graham, held a double place in Washington’s hierarchy: at once regal Georgetown hostess and scrappy newshound, ready to hold the establishment to account. That is a very American position. British journalists shun complete respectability, feeling a duty to be ready to savage the mighty, or rummage through their bins.
  2. A sole owner of an unincorporated business, also called a sole proprietor.
  3. One of the owners of an unincorporated business, a partner.
  4. (history) One or more persons to whom a colonial territory is assigned, like a fief, including its administration.
    From 10 September 1621 till 12 June 1632, Sir William Alexander, styled Earl of Stirling and Viscount of Canada, was proprietor of the Scottish colony Nova Scotia.

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