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arbiter

[ ahr-bi-ter ]
/ ˈɑr bɪ tər /
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noun
a person empowered to decide matters at issue; judge; umpire.
a person who has the sole or absolute power of judging or determining.

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Origin of arbiter

1350–1400; Middle English arbitour, arbitre<Anglo-French, Old French <Latin arbiter

OTHER WORDS FROM arbiter

su·per·ar·bi·ter, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for arbiter

arbiter
/ (ˈɑːbɪtə) /

noun
a person empowered to judge in a dispute; referee; arbitrator
a person having complete control of something

Word Origin for arbiter

C15: from Latin, of obscure origin
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