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[ahr-bi-tris] /ˈɑr bɪ trɪs/
a woman who is an arbiter.
Origin of arbitress
1300-50; Middle English < Middle French arbitresse, equivalent to arbitre arbit(e)r + -esse -ess
Usage note
See -ess. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • With your knowledge of our modes, you will be at Petersburg the arbitress of delights.

  • War is the arbiter of rising worlds; And Violence, arbitress.

    Life Immovable Kostes Palamas
  • He had to break the tidings of his sister's marriage to the arbitress of his destinies.

    Two Poets Honore de Balzac
  • Eloquent and witty, she was the delight of her neighbors, and their chronicle and arbitress.

  • He loved her so tenderly that from the first day of their marriage he had constituted her the arbitress of his wishes.

  • A full-throated chorus informed her, and the arbitress detached the threads of the dispute with effortless dexterity.

    A Safety Match

    Ian Hay
  • If Rome was not yet the ruler, she was at least the arbitress of the world from the Atlantic to the Euphrates.

  • Thus she is said to have been made "the arbitress of every effect coming from God's mercy."

  • Be the arbitress of my fate, you can make me happy or miserable for ever; into what dearer hands can I commit such a trust?

    Dangerous Connections, v. 1, 2, 3, 4 Pierre Choderlos de Laclos
  • One was forced to acknowledge her perfection in the part she had chosen as the arbitress of social honours.

    A Far Country, Complete Winston Churchill
British Dictionary definitions for arbitress


a female arbitrator
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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