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[reyn-mey-ker] /ˈreɪnˌmeɪ kər/
(among American Indians) a medicine man who by various rituals and incantations seeks to cause rain.
a person who induces rainfall by using various scientific techniques, as the seeding of clouds with silver iodide crystals from an airplane.
Slang. an executive or lawyer with exceptional ability to attract clients, use political connections, increase profits, etc.:
The president has several rainmakers among his advisers.
1765-75, Americanism; rain + maker
Related forms
rainmaking, noun
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Examples for rainmaker
  • Even in the unsentimental world of business, a rainmaker is someone who makes things work.
  • He rushed into print, filled the little cattle country paper with outbursts against the rainmaker and his promise.
British Dictionary definitions for rainmaker


(among Native Americans) a professional practitioner of ritual incantations or other actions intended to cause rain to fall
(informal, mainly US) an influential employee who creates a great deal of business or revenue for his or her firm
Derived Forms
rainmaking, noun
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Word Origin and History for rainmaker

also rain-maker, 1775, in reference to American Indian tribal magicians, from rain (n.) + agent noun of make (v.).

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Slang definitions & phrases for rainmaker



A powerful and successful representative or agent, esp for a law firm: to a six-figure ''rainmaker'' generating fees for one of the most politically connected law firms in the state (1968+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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