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definition of the word arbiter

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< Latin arbiter (a witness, judge, literally one who goes to see) < ar- for ad- (to) + betere (to come).

Singular
arbiter

Plural
arbiters

arbiter (plural arbiters)

  1. A person appointed, or chosen, by parties to determine a controversy between them; an arbitrator.
    • 1931, William Bennett Munro, The government of the United States, national, state, and local, page 495
      In order to protect individual liberty there must be an arbiter between the governing powers and the governed.
  2. (With of) Any person who has 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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