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 Then Selman bought into the restaurant as a silent partner in 1976, and took over operations as sole owner in the ’80s. Emily Goodykoontz, Anchorage Daily News, "In downtown Anchorage, a longtime family restaurant clings to hope," 24 Dec. 2020 Mar-a-Lago became something of a silent partner, yielding new clients and connections. Grace Ashford, New York Times, "The Swamp That Trump Built," 10 Oct. 2020 Mar-a-Lago became something of a silent partner, yielding new clients and connections. Nicholas Confessore, Star Tribune, "The swamp that Trump built: How the president reinvented D.C.'s culture of favor-seeking," 10 Oct. 2020 Morgan expected a federal government that was his quiet and mild-mannered silent partner; Roosevelt abhorred bullies and was a very skillful bully himself. Steve Donoghue, The Christian Science Monitor, "‘The Hour of Fate’ untangles complex trust-busting history," 12 June 2020 The platform provides law enforcement access to cyber experts, who become our silent partners. NBC News, "Several people are hacking: Feds turn to civilian Slack groups for help during coronavirus," 3 Apr. 2020 The silent partner in Kentucky’s modern-day fireside chats with Gov. Beshear [ All of The Enquirer's coverage of the new coronavirus is being provided for free to our readers. Erin Glynn,, "'We will get through it together': Gov. Beshear adds sign language lesson to daily updates," 10 Apr. 2020 The silent partner in Kentucky’s modern-day fireside chats Contact Ben Tobin at and 502-582-4181 or follow on Twitter @TobinBen. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "'Beshear Gear' raises money for Team Kentucky Fund to aid those impacted by coronavirus," 1 Apr. 2020 And the silent partner is probably just embarrassed. Philip Galanes, New York Times, "‘At Least I Got You a Gift’," 20 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of silent partner

1828, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of silent partner was in 1828

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28 Dec 2020

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“Silent partner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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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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