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 rainmaker (audio) \ noun

Examples of rainmaker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On Wednesday, the house confirmed an Artnet report that said its chief rainmaker Amy Cappellazzo, longtime head of its global fine art division, is stepping down at the end of June. Kelly Crow, WSJ, "Auction House Phillips Names Former Christie’s Executive as New CEO," 28 Apr. 2021 Although severe weather is not expected, Wednesday’s storms are expected to be a solid rainmaker, with up to 3 inches possible by Friday. Dallas News, "Rain in Dallas-Fort Worth this week is a certainty, but what about snow?," 29 Dec. 2020 Eta has been a big rainmaker more than anything, and more rain is expected for Florida this week. Leigh Morgan, al, "Tropical Storm Eta track update: Eta moves into the Gulf; expected to become a hurricane," 9 Nov. 2020 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

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First Known Use of rainmaker

1775, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Rainmaker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rainmaker. Accessed 7 May. 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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