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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.
Origin of rainmaker
1765-75, Americanism; rain + maker
Related forms
rainmaking, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for rainmaker
Contemporary Examples
  • The rainmaker, John Grisham April 1, 1995  The rainmaker, John Grisham's sixth novel, took the summer of 1995 by storm.

Historical Examples
  • For all this, interest in the rainmaker's efforts did not lax.

    Trail's End George W. Ogden
  • The last of the correspondents left on the evening of the day that Judge Thayer set the rainmaker to work.

    Trail's End George W. Ogden
  • The town knew all about the rainmaker at work behind the shielding rows of tall corn in Judge Thayer's garden.

    Trail's End George W. Ogden
  • The rainmaker sent up his vain, his fatuous, foolish, infinitesimal breath of smoke.

    Trail's End George W. Ogden
  • But the wind was against the rainmaker; nature conspired to mock him before men as the quack that he was.

    Trail's End George W. Ogden
  • Has any utmost precision of barometer been able to drive the priest out of his prerogatives as rainmaker?

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.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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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