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

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. 2018

Related Words for kingmaker

fixer, kingmaker, powerbroker, wire-puller, latency

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  1. 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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