- 1A person who settles a dispute or has ultimate authority in a matter: the Secretary of State is the final arbiterMore example sentences
- 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 influence in a particular sphere: an arbiter of tasteMore example sentences
- 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.
late Middle English: from Latin, 'judge, supreme ruler'.