Definition of bankable in English:



  • 1(especially in the entertainment industry) certain to bring profit and success.

    ‘he needed some bankable names to star in the film’
    • ‘This resulted in Carrey having to slash his asking price when starring in a more serious picture since his name wasn't as bankable headlining a drama.’
    • ‘Faith's showbusiness career began in the 1950s in a skiffle band and he went on to become one of the music industry's most bankable stars before getting regular film, television and stage roles.’
    • ‘It was called Longitude and it became an international bestseller, making Dava Sobel the most bankable name in popular science writing.’
    • ‘I'm happy to call it by my own name, but it's not a very bankable name, really.’
    • ‘As one of the most bankable entertainers and commentators in tabloid newspapers or television, he symbolises either dumbing down of national life, or a celebration of the average Scot.’
    • ‘Her pale complexion and striking eyes, inherited from her beloved Scottish father, have made Kathaleeya McIntosh one of Thailand's most beautiful and bankable stars.’
    • ‘The poll prompted a concerted defense by Cruise's supporters, who insisted the actor's popularity and standing as one of Hollywood's most bankable stars was undiminished.’
    • ‘Of all the slasher franchises, none has a more bankable name than Halloween - not even Friday the 13 th.’
    • ‘Such an advanced PURA can be sustained only as a bankable, profit-making business venture.’
    • ‘Dee Bahl, of Glasgow-based music agents 1554 Management, whose clients include up and coming Glasgow band Biffy Clyro, said she was set to become a highly bankable star.’
    • ‘While some of these names sound very bankable, the artists claim that only 7% of PPCA registered artists receive more than $1000 a year in fees for the transmission of their music.’
    • ‘Magazine writers are mining the territory of their day jobs to write bankable novels that bring readers inside the worlds of music and fashion glitterati.’
    • ‘The temptation arises partly, of course, because commercial rock music is still scandalously short of bankable female stars, and we thus have only a handful of comparisons to conjure with.’
    • ‘This was a time when Toronto was proudly cast as Toronto and Oliver Reed was a bankable name.’
    • ‘Cruise, one of Hollywood's most bankable stars, would get to keep the couple's $10.5 million estate in Telluride, Colorado, as well as his three planes.’
    • ‘McEwan, one of the most bankable names in contemporary world literature, never goes in for the obvious or predictable narrative.’
    • ‘Carl Cox has a very bankable name in dance, and for good reason.’
    • ‘The movie - featuring bankable stars Cameron Diaz, Calista Flockhart, Holly Hunter and Glenn Close - will now get its premiere on pay-per - view cable channel Showtime next year.’
    • ‘Even before its sniper-related delay, the movie had been sitting on the shelf for a while, because the producers wanted to wait to release it until Farrell was a more bankable name.’
    • ‘It's an indication, though, of the pressure to produce on such bankable authors as Smith, who dare not let their name fade from the limelight for too long.’
    flourishing, thriving, booming, buoyant, burgeoning, doing well, profitable, profit-making, moneymaking, lucrative, gainful, fruitful, solvent
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    1. 1.1 Reliable.
      ‘a bankable assurance’
      • ‘But before the industry can blossom, good, bankable business models are needed.’
      • ‘Nabard, on this occasion, released a cd containing 30 model bankable schemes covering various sectors such as minor irrigation, plantation and horticulture, fisheries and animal husbandry.’
      • ‘As a successful demonstration that the poor are bankable and micro-finance-sustainable, the bank has become a role model for micro-credit in rural development.’
      • ‘The result is disappointing for fans of musical innovation but a bankable formula to success for Maiden, who never pretended to musical genius.’