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arbiter Syllabification: ar·bi·ter
Pronunciation: /ˈärbədər/

Definition of arbiter in English:


1A person who settles a dispute or has ultimate authority in a matter: the military acted as arbiter of conflicts between political groups
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  • It is the final arbiter in disputes about the interpretation of the EU Treaties, or secondary legislation based on the Treaties.
  • At the Olympic Games, the Court of Arbitration for Sport is the final arbiter on all disputes arising during the Games.
  • The title of chief was largely a matter of prestige, as authority was exercised by the consensus of those of high status, who would act as arbiters in dispute resolution.
1.1A person whose views or actions have great influence over trends in social behavior: an arbiter of taste
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  • This was sent to David Garrick, an influential arbiter of polite literary taste in London.
  • Not that I'm setting myself up as an arbiter of good taste or reasonableness.
  • Mind you, I'm not so sure that she should be regarded as much of an arbiter of taste.
authority, judge, controller, director;
master, expert, pundit


Late Middle English: from Latin, 'judge, supreme ruler'.

Words that rhyme with arbiter

cohabiter • presbyter

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