- a person empowered to decide matters at issue; judge; umpire.
- a person who has the sole or absolute power of judging or determining.
Origin of arbiter
- a judge of elegance or matters of taste.
Examples from the Web for arbiter
And certainly no arbiter of what you should buy, wear, or eat.The EPA Is Keeping Up With the Kardashians; Gigi Hadid and Ireland Baldwin’s Sisley Love Triangle
The Fashion Beast Team
July 22, 2014
This man should be considered an arbiter of a historical woman?Don’t Call Sally Ride a Lesbian
August 2, 2012
Second, HR's role is to serve as the company's arbiter of equity.Layoffs: HR's Moment of Truth
Jack And Suzy Welch
March 11, 2009
It was terrible to be chosen in this way to be the arbiter of Destiny.Viviette
William J. Locke
The event established Mary as the arbiter in her own coterie.Within the Law
I, who had engaged as Conductor of the Set and found myself their Arbiter as well.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
To an extent which no other animal has ever approached, man is the arbiter of his own destiny.The Meaning of Evolution
Samuel Christian Schmucker
I felt this, and could, therefore, be at any moment the arbiter of my own freedom.A Day's Ride
Charles James Lever
- a person empowered to judge in a dispute; referee; arbitrator
- a person having complete control of something
Word Origin and History for arbiter
late 14c., from Old French arbitre or directly from Latin arbiter "one who goes somewhere (as witness or judge)," in classical Latin used of spectators and eye-witnesses, in law, "he who hears and decides a case, a judge, umpire, mediator;" from ad- "to" (see ad-) + baetere "to come, go." The specific sense of "one chosen by two disputing parties to decide the matter" is from 1540s. The earliest form of the word attested in English is the fem. noun arbitress (mid-14c.) "a woman who settles disputes."