bank·​able | \ ˈbaŋ-kə-bəl How to pronounce bankable (audio) \

Definition of bankable

1 : acceptable to or at a bank bankable currency
2 : sure to bring in a profit Hollywood's most bankable star— Sidney Sheldon

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bankability \ ˌbaŋ-​kə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce bankability (audio) \ noun

Examples of bankable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Of the 11 horses raced by Mongolian Stable in 2019, Mongolian Groom was both the busiest and most bankable. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Veterinarians: Training videos suggest Mongolian Groom shouldn't have run in Breeders' Cup," 14 Nov. 2019 The question of where Kanye West is going -- as an artist, a public figure and a bankable performer -- is one that his fans, followers and many in the music industry would like answered as well. Danielle Bacher, Billboard, "Desperately Seeking Kanye in Cody, Wyoming," 28 Oct. 2019 Feng's commercially bankable romantic comedy sequel Cell Phone 2, meanwhile, never saw release during the market's Chinese New Year box office bonanza because of its involvement in a tax evasion scandal targeting its star, Fan Bingbing. Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter, "China's Tightening Censorship Is Making a Bad Box Office Year Even Worse," 16 July 2019 For years, Domingo has been the opera world's most bankable star, with the celebrity power to fill seats in an era of dwindling ticket sales. NBC News, "Placido Domingo resigns as general director of LA Opera after harassment claims," 3 Oct. 2019 If Gregory can’t offer shareholders a brighter and more bankable future than this, Tuesday’s schism won’t be the last. Chris Bryant | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Why Greyhound Bus’s Biggest Shareholder Hates British Trains," 26 June 2019 Finding bankable projects is a difficult feat for commercial investors and DFIs alike, particularly in low-income countries. Nancy Lee, Quartz, "Here’s how countries might actually reach the UN sustainable development goals," 4 Dec. 2019 The league has a few exciting young quarterbacks in Lamar Jackson, Patrick Mahomes, and Kyler Murray, but the suits on Park Avenue must be nervous about losing four bankable stars in one fell swoop., "NFL fans should appreciate the final six weeks of the regular season, because we might be watching the final run for four potential Hall of Famers.," 23 Nov. 2019 But there is also a practical reason Warner Bros. needs to back a film like this one, which stars two bankable actors in Phoenix and Robert De Niro: the studio is in desperate need of another hit this year. Frank Pallotta, CNN, "'Joker' expected to break box office records as controversy and anxiety swirls," 4 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of bankable

1797, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of bankable was in 1797

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16 Jan 2020

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“Bankable.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bankable

: certain to make a profit

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