1A person who attempts to cause rain to fall, either by rituals or by a scientific technique such as seeding clouds with crystals.
- ‘The rainmaker was paid $100 a day to create rain.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘One of the central figures in Chewa myths is Mbona, a rainmaker among the Mang'anja of Southern Malawi.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘His skills as a rainmaker and the effectiveness of his amulets in protecting the emperors assured his livelihood in the capital.’
- ‘I suggest they position a Sioux rainmaker at every track to ensure a good downpour during the race.’
- ‘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.’
2North American informal A person who generates income for a business or organization by brokering deals or attracting clients or funds.
- ‘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.’
- ‘As a senior partner and co-chairman at Goldman Sachs, he was a campaign finance rainmaker, and that gave him entrée.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Gray was happy to play rainmaker among his fellow Internet entrepreneurs; some of them were his customers, and city officials referred others.’
- ‘Other investment banks are also rearranging themselves so that a new breed of rainmaker can emerge in the City.’