Proprietor vs Enterprise - What's the difference?

proprietor | enterprise |

As nouns the difference between proprietor and enterprise

is that proprietor is an owner while enterprise is a company, business, organization, or other purposeful endeavor.

As a verb enterprise is

to undertake an enterprise, or something hazardous or difficult.



(en noun)
  • An owner.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-08-10, volume=408, issue=8848, magazine=(The Economist), author=Lexington
  • , title= Keeping the mighty honest , passage=The [Washington] Post's proprietor through those turbulent [Watergate] days, Katharine Graham, held a double place in Washington’s hierarchy: at once regal Georgetown hostess and scrappy newshound, ready to hold the establishment to account. That is a very American position. British journalists shun complete respectability, feeling a duty to be ready to savage the mighty, or rummage through their bins.}}
  • A sole owner of an unincorporated business, also called a sole proprietor.
  • One of the owners of an unincorporated business, a partner.
  • (history) One or more persons to whom a colonial territory is assigned, like a fief, including its administration.
  • Derived terms

    * Lord proprietor * proprietorship * sole proprietor


    * entrepreneur

    Coordinate terms

    * partner

    See also

    * appropriate * corporation * proper * property ----


    Alternative forms

    * enterprize (chiefly archaic) * entreprise (chiefly archaic)


    (en noun)
  • A company, business, organization, or other purposeful endeavor.
  • The (GSEs) are a group of financial services corporations which have been created by the United States Congress.
    A micro-enterprise is defined as a business having 5 or fewer employees and a low seed capital.
  • An undertaking or project, especially a daring and courageous one.
  • Biosphere 2 was a scientific enterprise aimed at the exploration of the complex web of interactions within life systems.
  • A willingness to undertake new or risky projects; energy and initiative.
  • He has shown great enterprise throughout his early career.
  • an active participation in projects
  • Synonyms

    * initiative

    Derived terms

    * enterprising * commercial enterprise * scientific enterprise


  • To undertake an enterprise, or something hazardous or difficult.
  • (Alexander Pope)
  • To undertake; to begin and attempt to perform; to venture upon.
  • * Dryden
  • The business must be enterprised this night.
  • * T. Otway
  • What would I not renounce or enterprise for you!
  • To treat with hospitality; to entertain.
  • * Spenser
  • Him at the threshold met, and well did enterprise .
    (Webster 1913)