silent partner


Definition of silent partner

1 : a partner who is known to the public but has no voice in the conduct of a firm's business

Examples of silent partner in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The closure underscores a time of transition for Cortland Avenue, where nearby butcher shop Avedano’s announced plans to close in June before being rescued by a wealthy silent partner. Tilde Herrera,, "331 Cortland Marketplace in SF’s Bernal Heights to close Dec. 23," 6 Nov. 2019 Jason Schwartzman voices Jesper, his silent partner who stumbles upon this isolated carpenter living in a cabin with loads of handmade toys. Nick Romano,, "Netflix's first original animated film, Klaus, brings holiday cheer with first trailer," 7 Oct. 2019 Mellen, a machinist by trade, is largely a silent partner, and trusted Burlingame guide the venture’s vision. Matt Wake |, al, "Huntsville, here’s your next coffee obsession," 19 Aug. 2019 Karp, who became enamored with the greengage as a child, is a silent partner with Andy Mariani in the cultivation of the fruit at Andy’s Orchard in Morgan Hill, Calif., near San Jose. Los Angeles Times, "The Holy Grail of stone fruit is in season. Get it while (and if) you can," 12 Aug. 2019 Sara Allen’s husband, Denny Allen, is a silent partner but has been known to deliver parts and provide backup support as needed. Karly Ewing, Ramona Sentinel, "Business Spotlight: Water Wise Well Service pumped about growth," 10 June 2019 Rubell’s business partner and fellow Studio honcho, Ian Schrager, was nowhere to be found (perhaps by choice?) along with their third silent partner, investor Jack Dushey. Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, "Matt Tyrnauer’s New Documentary, Studio 54, Takes On the Rise, Fall, and Last Days of Disco," 4 Oct. 2018 By 1990, The Times found, Fred Trump, the ultimate silent partner, had quietly transferred today’s equivalent of at least $46.2 million to his son. Susanne Craig, The Seattle Times, "Trump engaged in suspect tax schemes as he reaped riches from father," 2 Oct. 2018 The non-stealthy airplane would receive targeting information from other fighters hiding from enemy radar, methodically servicing targets served up by a silent partner. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Boeing's Newest F-15 Packs More Than Two Dozen Missiles," 18 July 2018

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First Known Use of silent partner

1828, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of silent partner

chiefly US : a partner who invests money in a business but is not involved in running the business

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Legal Definition of silent partner

see partner

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