proprietor

Someone who owns a business or a property is a proprietor. A bookstore proprietor might wish she became a librarian instead so the books would come back.

The first part of proprietor sounds a lot like "property," and a proprietor is someone with ownership of property. Sometimes a proprietor oversees the business, such as a restaurant proprietor who is also a chef or hostess, and other times a proprietor owns many businesses and has different people running them. A proprietor of a local bakery might make and sell his own donuts, while the proprietor of a chain of donut shops might work from an office managing the people who manage the stores.

Definitions of proprietor
  1. noun
    (law) someone who owns (is legal possessor of) a business
    synonyms: owner
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    bookseller
    the proprietor of a bookstore
    lease giver, lessor
    someone who grants a lease
    letter
    owner who lets another person use something (housing usually) for hire
    patron
    the proprietor of an inn
    proprietress
    a woman proprietor
    newspaper publisher, publisher
    the proprietor of a newspaper
    renter
    an owner of property who receives payment for its use by another person
    restauranter, restaurateur
    the proprietor of a restaurant
    saloon keeper
    the proprietor of a saloon
    timberman
    an owner or manager of a company that is engaged in lumbering
    boniface, host, innkeeper
    the owner or manager of an inn
    press lord
    a powerful newspaper proprietor
    type of:
    businessman, man of affairs
    a person engaged in commercial or industrial business (especially an owner or executive)
  2. noun
    a holder or proprietor of land
    synonyms: landholder, landowner, property owner
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    abutter
    the owner of contiguous property
    franklin
    a landowner (14th and 15th centuries) who was free but not of noble birth
    freeholder
    the owner of a freehold
    laird
    a landowner
    landlord
    a landowner who leases to others
    squire
    an English country landowner
    landlady
    a landlord who is a woman
    yeoman
    a free man who cultivates his own land
    type of:
    holder
    a person who holds something
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