Arbiter meaning

ärbĭ-tər
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One called upon to decide a legal dispute outside of a court. See also arbitrator and conciliator.
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A person appointed, or chosen, by parties to determine a controversy between them; an arbitrator.
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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.

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One agreed upon or appointed to judge or decide a disputed issue; an arbitrator.
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One whose opinion or judgment is considered authoritative or worthy of respect.

An arbiter of fashion.

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A person selected to judge a dispute; umpire; arbitrator.
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A person fully authorized or qualified to judge or decide.
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(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.

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To act as arbiter.
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Origin of arbiter

  • Middle English arbitre from Old French from Latin arbiter of Phoenician origin ʕrb in Semitic roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Old French arbitre, from Latin arbiter (“a witness, judge, literally one who goes to see”).

    From Wiktionary