a person who has great power and influence in the choice of a ruler, candidate for public office, business leader, or the like.

Nearby words

  1. kinghood,
  2. kingklip,
  3. kinglake,
  4. kinglet,
  5. kingly,
  6. kingpin,
  7. kings,
  8. kings canyon national park,
  9. kings mountain,
  10. kings park

Origin of kingmaker

First recorded in 1590–1600; king + maker

Related formsking·mak·ing, noun, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for kingmaker



a person who has control over appointments to positions of authority
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Word Origin and History for kingmaker



also king-maker, 1590s, originally in reference to the 15c. Earl of Warwick.

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