- The definition of an arbiter is someone who is either qualified to judge or chosen to decide something.
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”).