Definition of proprietor in English:

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Pronunciation: /p(r)əˈprīədər/


The owner of a business, or a holder of property.
Example sentences
  • Its proprietors have managed to fashion a sow's ear out of a silk purse.
  • Each year, thousands of sole proprietors double the size of their businesses by hiring their first employee.
  • If her bid stands, she could become the sole proprietor of the hotel.
owner, possessor, holder, master/mistress;
landowner, landlord/landlady;
innkeeper, hotel-keeper, hotelier, storekeeper



Pronunciation: /p(r)əˈprīədərˌSHip/
Example sentences
  • Although California imposes strict limitations on when a trust may own stock or a partnership interest in an accountancy firm, these limitations do not apply to ownership of a sole proprietorship.
  • Choose the right business entity: Many new entrepreneurs choose sole proprietorship because it's easy to set up, yet it offers little protection from lawsuits.
  • Many small businesses start their businesses as sole proprietorships or partnerships.

Words that rhyme with proprietor


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Syllabification: pro·pri·e·tor

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