[ ahr-bi-ter ]
/ ˈɑr bɪ tər /


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

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

Related forms

su·per·ar·bi·ter, noun

Definition for arbiter (2 of 2)

arbiter elegantiae

[ ahr-bi-ter ey-le-gahn-tee-ahy; English ahr-bi-ter el-uh-gan-shee-ee ]
/ ˈɑr bɪˌtɛr ˌeɪ lɛˈgɑn tiˌaɪ; English ˈɑr bɪ tər ˌɛl əˈgæn ʃiˌi /

noun Latin.

a judge of elegance or matters of taste.
Also ar·bi·ter e·le·gan·ti·a·rum [ahr-bi-ter ey-le-gahn-tee-ah-roo m; English ahr-bi-ter el-uh-gan-shee-air-uh m] /ˈɑr bɪˌtɛr ˌeɪ lɛˌgɑn tiˈɑ rʊm; English ˈɑr bɪ tər ˌɛl əˌgæn ʃiˈɛər əm/. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for arbiter


/ (ˈɑːbɪtə) /


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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