a partner taking no active part in the conduct of a business.
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- silent barter,
- silent butler,
- silent cop,
- silent disco,
- silent majority,
- silent service,
- silent treatment,
- silent vote,
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
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