- a partner taking no active part in the conduct of a business.
Compare secret partner.
Origin of silent partner
An Americanism dating back to 1820–30
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- US and Canadian a partner in a business who does not play an active role, esp one who supplies capitalAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): sleeping partner