A woman who has legal title to something; an owner.(noun)
A woman who owns or owns and manages a business or other such establishment. See Usage Note at -ess.(noun)
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Use "proprietress" in a sentence
"The proprietress is a little tight, quite relaxed, and slightly philosophical, leaning against Marlowe, who sits on a stack of Britannicas beside her, watching the window."
"The proprietress was a crazy old woman never seen without a snifter of brandy in her hand."
"Maigret called the proprietress, paid for the two drinks."