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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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The production's main gamble is the decision to fill the role of villainous orphanage proprietrix Miss Hannigan with Katie Finneran, the inveterate scene-stealer who won Tonys in revivals of "Promises, Promises" and "Noises Off." She displays similar comedic chops here, but her relatively young appearance and decidedly good looks work against her.
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