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

n (law) someone who owns (is legal possessor of) a business

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William Maxwell Aitken
British newspaper publisher and politician (born in Canada); confidant of Winston Churchill (1879-1964)
Alfred Charles William Harmsworth
British newspaper publisher (1865-1922)
Benjamin Harris
publisher of the first newspaper printed in America (1673-1713)
William Randolph Hearst
United States newspaper publisher whose introduction of large headlines and sensational reporting changed American journalism (1863-1951)
Joseph Pulitzer
United States newspaper publisher (born in Hungary) who established the Pulitzer prizes (1847-1911)
James Edmund Scripps
United States newspaper publisher and half-brother of Edward Wyllis Scripps (1835-1908)
Edward Wyllis Scripps
United States newspaper publisher who founded an important press association; half-brother of James Edmund Scripps (1854-1926)
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the proprietor of a bookstore
lease giver, lessor
someone who grants a lease
owner who lets another person use something (housing usually) for hire
the proprietor of an inn
a woman proprietor
newspaper publisher, publisher
the proprietor of a newspaper
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
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)

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