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

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Other Words from rainmaker

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

Examples of rainmaker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Whatever the wind strength at landfall, Eta is a rainmaker, threatening heavy downpours that could produce flash flooding, river flooding and landslides, Guy said. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, "Tropical Storm Eta could become a hurricane once again as it veers toward Florida," 11 Nov. 2020 Michael Klein, formerly a top rainmaker at Citigroup Inc., is pursuing his fifth blank-check company while billionaire investor Bill Ackman scored the biggest ever SPAC listing in July with a $4 billion offering. Ruth David, Bloomberg.com, "Outgoing UBS Chief Sergio Ermotti Joins in Blank-Check Boom," 21 Oct. 2020 Sally brought a fairly strong storm surge and was a huge rainmaker. Mark Schleifstein, NOLA.com, "Forecasters: Slow-moving storms like Hurricane Sally pose special danger for New Orleans," 19 Sep. 2020 The slow-moving rainmaker that came ashore as a Category 2 hurricane and drenched the Florida Panhandle and southeast Alabama killed at least one person and left many coastal cities flooded, could bring about a foot of rain to the U.S. Southeast. Keven Lerner, sun-sentinel.com, "Tropical Storm Wilfred forms in Atlantic as forecasters run out of names for the second time in history," 18 Sep. 2020 The depression will be a rainmaker for the islands. Leigh Morgan, al, "Two storms may be headed for the Gulf next week," 21 Aug. 2020 Fay will be mainly a rainmaker for the mid-Atlantic and Northeast, with 2 to 4 inches expected in some areas through Saturday. Leigh Morgan, al, "Tropical Storm Fay path update: Fay gets stronger again, warnings extended southward along East Coast," 10 July 2020 Cristobal's remnants could be a rainmaker for days. Gerald Herbert, Anchorage Daily News, "Tropical Storm Cristobal hits Louisiana, bringing flooding to the Gulf Coast," 8 June 2020 To increase efficiency, the rainmakers will be plugged into a computer network that uses weather satellites to time the release of silver iodide during periods of cloud coverage. Popular Science, "China is using furnaces to manufacture 10 billion tons of rain," 11 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of rainmaker

1775, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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19 Nov 2020

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“Rainmaker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rainmaker. Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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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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