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proprietor

pro·pri·e·tor

proprietor

 
pronunciation:
pr praI tr
part of speech: noun
definition 1: an owner, or group of owners, of a business enterprise, real property, or the like.
The proprietors of downtown businesses held a meeting to discuss their mutual concerns.
synonyms:
owner, proprietary
similar words:
holder, innkeeper, keeper, laird, landlady, landlord, landowner, proprietress
definition 2: an owner of an exclusive legal right or title to something, as under a patent or trademark.
synonyms:
proprietary, titleholder
similar words:
holder, landowner, owner, proprietress
derivation: proprietorship (n.)