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[muhn-ee-mey-ker] /ˈmʌn iˌmeɪ kər/
a person engaged in or successful at acquiring much money.
something that produces or yields much pecuniary profit.
Origin of moneymaker
1250-1300; Middle English; see money, maker Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for money-maker
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  • This brings us back to the popular picture of the money-maker, grasping, sordid, narrow-minded.

    Creating Capital Frederick L. Lipman
  • Lawson was born a money-maker, but he is a great deal more than that.

    Frenzied Finance Thomas W. Lawson
  • The fact that the two girls desired it as a money-maker for their worthy undertaking carried weight with her.

  • Your father's nature is too fine strung to be a money-maker, and she must be cared for.

    Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume I. Charles James Lever
  • Clearly that of the soldier and lover of honour; who is nearer to himself than the money-maker.

    The Republic Plato
  • He's all ready to do it, and it'd be a money-maker from the start.

    The Plum Tree David Graham Phillips
  • The Liberator as a moral engine was a marvelous success; but the Liberator as a money-maker was a most dismal failure.

    William Lloyd Garrison Archibald H. Grimke
  • She had been a money-maker for many years, both on the Mississippi and on the Missouri.

    Old Times on the Upper Mississippi George Byron Merrick
  • The money-maker will contrast the vanity of knowledge with the solid advantages of wealth.

    The Republic Plato
  • Then comes the final whack at Boxer Hall, and that is always a money-maker.

    Batting to Win Lester Chadwick
British Dictionary definitions for money-maker


a person who is intent on accumulating money
a person or thing that is or might be profitable
Derived Forms
moneymaking, adjective, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for money-maker

c.1400, "one who coins money," from money + maker. Meaning "thing which yields profit" is from 1899.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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