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

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Becky Friedman, who owns the cafe along with Jason Schiavone and a silent partner, considers this weekend’s launch a soft open. Anna Muckerman,, "The Hoof Cafe coffee shop opens this weekend in Locust Point," 13 June 2018 The company was sold to Baldwin and a friend a decade ago, with Baldwin serving as a silent partner focused on finances and operations. Cindy Atoji Keene,, "For Gray Baldwin, ornamental is fundamental," 25 May 2018 Until the home sells, Unison is mostly a silent partner. Tara Siegel Bernard, New York Times, "Getting Down Payment Help Now. Sharing Home’s Gain (or Loss) Later.," 1 June 2018 More often than not African-Americans were the silent partners in statewide southern politics, expected to confine their ambitions to majority-minority jurisdictions where their presence would not arouse a racial backlash. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Stacey Abrams and the New Democratic Coalition in the South," 23 May 2018 Kevin Can Wait Kevin (Kevin James) offers to go in with Kendra and Chale (Taylor Spreitler, Ryan Cartwright) as a silent partner in their bid to buy Enzo's. Ed Stockly,, "Monday's TV highlights: 'Elementary' on CBS," 30 Apr. 2018 Initially, Conway was a silent partner, but Davis died about five years later, and Conway took over. Anne Saker,, "Cincinnati civic leader Robert Conway, supporter of Catholic causes, dies at 90," 13 Apr. 2018 Red Aspen is an S corporation, whose four owners are taxed as a partnership: McKinney, Reese, Moore and a fourth woman who is an unnamed silent partner providing capital for the business. Dana Oland, idahostatesman, "This Boise startup hit $1 million in sales in 5 months. ‘I have no idea where we’ll be in five years.’ | Idaho Statesman," 5 Apr. 2018 Kososki put in $20,000 and ran it; the other man invested about $160,000 as a silent partner. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Owner of Packers bar in Costa Rica agrees to plead guilty to scamming VA," 13 Mar. 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

: 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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