Jennifer Lopez is an example of an arbiter for the television show American Idol.
- a person selected to judge a dispute; umpire; arbitrator
- a person fully authorized or qualified to judge or decide
Origin of arbiterClassical Latin origin, originally , one who goes to a place, a witness, judge ; from ad-, to + baetere, to come, go
- One agreed upon or appointed to judge or decide a disputed issue; an arbitrator.
- One whose opinion or judgment is considered authoritative or worthy of respect: an arbiter of fashion.
Origin of arbiterMiddle English arbitre, from Old French, from Latin arbiter, of Phoenician origin; see &ayin;rb in Semitic roots.
- A person appointed, or chosen, by parties to determine a controversy between them; an arbitrator.
- (with of) A person or object having the power of judging and determining, or ordaining, without control; one whose power of deciding and governing is not limited.
- Television and film, not Vogue and similar magazines, are the arbiters of fashion.
(third-person singular simple present arbiters, present participle arbitering, simple past and past participle arbitered)
- To act as arbiter.
Old French arbitre, from Latin arbiter (“a witness, judge, literally one who goes to see”).