Definition of rainmaker in US English:



  • 1A person who attempts to cause rain to fall, either by rituals or by a scientific technique such as seeding clouds with crystals.

    • ‘There's not all that much to love about rainy days unless you're a droughty farmer or rainmaker, but we're neither, yet we love rainy days and get lots of them.’
    • ‘His skills as a rainmaker and the effectiveness of his amulets in protecting the emperors assured his livelihood in the capital.’
    • ‘Desperate and near-starvation, the village elders grasp their final straw: they gather up the little wealth left in the village and, sight-unseen, hire a rainmaker.’
    • ‘I suggest they position a Sioux rainmaker at every track to ensure a good downpour during the race.’
    • ‘The region was in the grip of a fearful drought and since news of my recent success as a rainmaker had reached them, they wanted me to go there and perform my magical rain dance.’
    • ‘The rainmaker was paid $100 a day to create rain.’
    • ‘One of the central figures in Chewa myths is Mbona, a rainmaker among the Mang'anja of Southern Malawi.’
  • 2North American informal A person who generates income for a business or organization by brokering deals or attracting clients or funds.

    • ‘Rivals accuse him of being a better rainmaker than consultant.’
    • ‘Last year's boom has been reflected in the profitability reported by investment banks and the take-home pay of the corporate rainmakers.’
    • ‘One is about a guy who had some spectacular successes and failures as a rainmaker.’
    • ‘Of course, not every company is rushing out to hire a bevy of rainmakers.’
    • ‘He was both a powerbroker and a rainmaker - a highly lucrative combination.’
    • ‘As a senior partner and co-chairman at Goldman Sachs, he was a campaign finance rainmaker, and that gave him entrée.’
    • ‘He is happy to be the catalyst, the firestarter, the rainmaker, to agitate and organise, then retreat back to the kitchen, the office and the television studio.’
    • ‘What Jerry wants to be is sort of a rainmaker for urban government.’
    • ‘One thing's for sure: Rosen won't be trying to play the role of sole rainmaker.’
    • ‘With the December total set to break the $200 billion barrier for the first time since the dotcom boom of the 1990s, it was no wonder City rainmakers were in buoyant mood.’
    • ‘He provided a dashing can-do military figure for the customers, a rainmaker who helped land the deals.’
    • ‘Gray was happy to play rainmaker among his fellow Internet entrepreneurs; some of them were his customers, and city officials referred others.’
    • ‘Bond traders have been the new rainmakers on Wall Street, thanks to low interest rates, few defaults, and a rise in the number of aggressive fixed-income hedge funds.’
    • ‘The reality, of course, is that once a designer opens an office and hires a staff, he's as much rainmaker as artist.’
    • ‘That's crucial to buttressing the adept rainmaker in an area where he's weak, says the portfolio manager at Oakmark Global Fund, which owns 750,000 IPG shares.’
    • ‘Not only does he still hold the controlling interest, he remains the chief rainmaker and therefore retains the eponymous firm name.’
    • ‘Senior rainmakers with proven client relationships are getting $5 million to $6 million.’
    • ‘In a curious way, the firm's biggest rainmaker, is also emblematic of the company's biggest problem - its modest profitability.’
    • ‘Everyone, from those in the file room to the top rainmaker, must know what your firm's goals are and know their role in the marketing process.’
    • ‘He was the smooth-talking rainmaker who held myriad meetings with the top city officials and assembled a relentless sales force to snare millions in sponsorship dollars.’
    • ‘Other investment banks are also rearranging themselves so that a new breed of rainmaker can emerge in the City.’
    • ‘Despite their claims to objectivity, analysts have repeatedly crossed the line to become rainmakers for their investment-banking colleagues, grandly enriching themselves along the way.’