from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One who has legal title to something; an owner.
- n. One who owns or owns and manages a business or other such establishment.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An owner
- n. A sole owner of an unincorporated business, also called a sole proprietor
- n. One of the owners of an unincorporated business, a partner
- n. One or more persons to whom a colonial territory is assigned, like a fief, including its administration
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who has the legal right or exclusive title to anything, whether in possession or not; an owner.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who has the legal right or exclusive title to something; an owner: as, the proprietor of a farm or of a mill.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (law) someone who owns (is legal possessor of) a business
Probably alteration of Middle English proprietarie; see proprietary.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowed from Latin proprietor (see below), from proprietas, 'property', from proprius '(one's) own' (Wiktionary)