silent partner

See synonyms for silent partner on
  1. a partner taking no active part in the conduct of a business.

Origin of silent partner

An Americanism dating back to 1820–30

Words Nearby silent partner Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use silent partner in a sentence

  • He was the first one to take your candies to South Riveredge, cried Jean, with thoughts ever for the faithful old silent partner.

    Three Little Women | Gabrielle E. Jackson
  • Mr. Meadows, the president, will take all telephone messages, as the horse is a silent partner.

    Ticktock and Jim | Keith Robertson
  • Did she know what he meant to do with them; that is, was Cordelia a silent partner in Egbert's stock speculations?

    Fair Harbor | Joseph Crosby Lincoln

British Dictionary definitions for silent partner

silent partner

  1. US and Canadian a partner in a business who does not play an active role, esp one who supplies capital: Also called (in Britain and certain other countries): sleeping partner

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