deal·​mak·​er ˈdēl-ˌmā-kər How to pronounce dealmaker (audio)
plural dealmakers
: someone who is given to or skilled in negotiating deals or agreements : one who makes deals
Her reputation as a hard-driving dealmaker was known to heads of state and corporate CEOs all over the world.Johnnie L. Roberts et al.
He's a dealmaker, a power broker, a convener of interests—in short, the living definition of the career politician …Douglas Foster

Examples of dealmaker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Now, however, legalization of any sort is anathema to Republicans; Trump radicalized the Party on the issue and drove more moderate dealmakers into retirement or hiding. Jonathan Blitzer, The New Yorker, 7 Dec. 2023 This is the web version of Term Sheet, a daily newsletter on the biggest deals and dealmakers in venture capital and private equity. Jessica Mathews, Fortune, 6 Dec. 2023 His prior position leading startup incubator Y Combinator helped Altman become one of Silicon Valley’s most prominent dealmakers, investing in dozens of startups and acting as a broker between entrepreneurs and the world’s biggest companies. Paresh Dave, WIRED, 3 Dec. 2023 Importantly, these dealmakers are standing out by delivering returns amidst the ongoing frozen IPO market. Truebridge Capital, Forbes, 29 Nov. 2023 Meanwhile, dealmakers like Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Mitt Romney, R-Utah, are retiring. Tal Axelrod, ABC News, 25 Nov. 2023 Carol Lombardini In May, the AMPTP’s low-key president, a veteran dealmaker, was feared as a smooth, no-nonsense operator who knew how to play labor groups off each other to give as little ground as possible in pattern bargaining. Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Nov. 2023 The writers will have the opportunity to explore their stories and characters alongside A-list mentors and influential dealmakers from major studios, platforms, producers and agents. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 20 Oct. 2023 Manchin, Senate Democrats' most conservative member, emerged as a key dealmaker with President Joe Biden while their party held a 50-seat majority in the chamber. Tal Axelrod, ABC News, 12 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1886, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dealmaker was in 1886

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“Dealmaker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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