[reyn-mey-ker] /ˈreɪnˌmeɪ kər/

(among American Indians) a medicine man who by various rituals and incantations seeks to cause .
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.
(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

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


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+)


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