rain·​mak·​er | \ ˈrān-ˌmā-kər How to pronounce rainmaker (audio) \

Definition of rainmaker

1 : a person who produces or attempts to produce rain by artificial means
2 : a person (such as a partner in a law firm) who brings in new business also : a person whose influence can initiate progress or ensure success

Other Words from rainmaker

rainmaking \ ˈrān-​ˌmā-​kiŋ How to pronounce rainmaker (audio) \ noun

Examples of rainmaker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Tomorrow is a fairly pleasant day with light winds before another big rainmaker comes through Thursday night and Friday, with a few lingering showers possible this weekend. Washington Post, 27 Oct. 2021 Known for his elite shooting and high basketball IQ, Windler canned four of his five 3-point attempts, including a 27-foot rainmaker early in the fourth quarter. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 9 Oct. 2021 Whether a hurricane or tropical storm, meteorologists agree that Nicholas will be a rainmaker. John Bacon, USA TODAY, 13 Sep. 2021 The founder of Boston advertising firm Hill Holliday is a political rainmaker too and will hold a fund-raiser on Wednesday at his new office on Newbury Street. BostonGlobe.com, 7 Sep. 2021 Though the winds quickly eased over land, Ida roared north as a historic rainmaker, its overwhelming downpours swamping rivers, streets and buildings all the way to New England. John Bacon, USA TODAY, 6 Sep. 2021 Additionally, the rainmaker is still a flood threat, the NHC said. Joe Mario Pedersen, orlandosentinel.com, 18 Aug. 2021 The storm is forecast to be a big rainmaker for the islands. Leigh Morgan, al, 10 Aug. 2021 The wave is likely to be a rainmaker over the Lesser Antilles, but not much else is predicted. Joe Mario Pedersen, orlandosentinel.com, 30 June 2021

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First Known Use of rainmaker

1775, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of rainmaker was in 1775

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“Rainmaker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rainmaker. Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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rain·​mak·​er | \ ˈrān-ˌmā-kər How to pronounce rainmaker (audio) \

Legal Definition of rainmaker

: a person (as a partner in a law firm) who brings in new business

Other Words from rainmaker

rainmaking noun


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