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1. A woman who has legal title to something; an owner.
2. A woman who owns or owns and manages a business or other such establishment. See Usage Note at -ess.


(prəˈpraɪ ɪ trɪs)

1. a woman who owns a business establishment.
2. a woman who has the exclusive right or title to something.
usage: See -ess.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.proprietress - a woman proprietor
owner, proprietor - (law) someone who owns (is legal possessor of) a business; "he is the owner of a chain of restaurants"


[prəˈpraɪətrɪs] N [of shop, hotel etc] → dueña f


n (of pub, hotel)Inhaberin f; (of newspaper)Besitzerin f
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Johnson, the proprietress, had a sad story to tell of lost opportunity.
One half of it--that moiety in which the comfortable proprietress was then seated--was carpeted, and so partitioned off at the further end as to accommodate a sleeping-place, constructed after the fashion of a berth on board ship, which was shaded, like the little windows, with fair white curtains, and looked comfortable enough, though by what kind of gymnastic exercise the lady of the caravan ever contrived to get into it, was an unfathomable mystery.
Snagsby and the proprietress of the house--a drunken face tied up in a black bundle, and flaring out of a heap of rags on the floor of a dog- hutch which is her private apartment--leads to the establishment of this conclusion.
To whom Mrs Veneering incoherently communicates, how that Veneering has been offered Pocket-Breaches; how that it is the time for rallying round; how that Veneering has said 'We must work'; how that she is here, as a wife and mother, to entreat Lady Tippins to work; how that the carriage is at Lady Tippins's disposal for purposes of work; how that she, proprietress of said bran new elegant equipage, will return home on foot--on bleeding feet if need be--to work (not specifying how), until she drops by the side of baby's crib.
He had a thick ledger lying open before him, and with the fingers of his right hand inserted between the leaves, and his eyes fixed on a very fat old lady in a mob-cap--evidently the proprietress of the establishment--who was airing herself at the fire, seemed to be only waiting her directions to refer to some entries contained within its rusty clasps.
Crutched Friars, and the magnificent proprietress of the Pineries, Fulham, who gave summer dejeuners frequented by Dukes and Earls, and drove about the parish with magnificent yellow liveries and bay horses, such as the royal stables at Kensington themselves could not turn out--I say had she been Mrs.
Mosunmola Oyenuga is an educationist and the proprietress of Amazing International School, Ibadan, Oyo State.
The complaint was filed in the city prosecutor's office on Wednesday by Yok Tin So, a proprietress of a local market who is planning to run for Barangay 97 chair.
Nation ( Article MRec ), pagematch: 1, sectionmatch: 1 Former councilor Plaridel Nava II, who filed the complaint, said Mabilog owned 3L, adding that the company's proprietress, Leny Garcia, was only a dummy owner.
With attractions like "the creepy doll room" and a resident ghost hunting cat, The Paranormal Museum is a delightful mix of macabre curiosities and understated humor, much like its erstwhile proprietress herself.
Jacinto-Henares of the Bureau of Internal Revenue identified the accused as Allan Tiongco, proprietor of Sysreg Enterprises that imports "Spam" and Cecilia Alzaga La Victoria, proprietress of Matlock Import Trading and importer of "Ma Ling".
It will outline how traditional products can help preserve the skin's youth and vitality without the need to spend too much on expensive cosmetic procedures," says Joan Okorodudu, proprietress at Lagos Ageless Clinic, Lagos, Nigeria.