silent partner


noun

a partner taking no active part in the conduct of a business.

Nearby words

  1. silent barter,
  2. silent butler,
  3. silent cop,
  4. silent disco,
  5. silent majority,
  6. silent service,
  7. silent treatment,
  8. silent vote,
  9. silently,
  10. silenus


Origin of silent partner

An Americanism dating back to 1820–30

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British Dictionary definitions for silent partner

silent partner

noun

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
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