- 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
Examples from the Web for kingmaker
The New York kingmaker who died Monday believed voters could actually handle a nuanced argument.David Garth, the Consultant Who Talked Up to Voters
December 15, 2014
Like the Koch Brothers, it seemed Rastetter wanted to be a GOP kingmaker.Will Chris Christie Bow to Iowa’s Pork Kings?
November 1, 2014
Terry Branstad is a GOP kingmaker who could lose his bid for a sixth term thanks to scandal upon scandal.Is Iowa’s Republican Goliath Governor the Next Chris Christie?
April 18, 2014
Is it time for Donald Trump to add “Republican kingmaker” to his resume?Donald Trump, GOP Kingmaker?
September 28, 2011
Does he hope to play the kingmaker in a tainted presidential electoral process?Baby Doc's Shocking Homecoming
January 17, 2011
There was a man once in England whom they call the kingmaker.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 7 (of 25)
Robert Louis Stevenson
Not till Warwick, 'the Kingmaker,' was laid low on Barnet field, did the kingly ideal become paramount.The Siege of Norwich Castle
Matilda Maria Blake
The battle of Barnet witnessed the fall and death of the kingmaker, and with her champion feudalism fell.About London
J. Ewing Ritchie
His queen, Anne Neville, the daughter of the kingmaker, was on her death-bed.
Tom led forth the horses one after the other—Kingmaker, the Fiddler, Pittapat, and the others.The Killer
Stewart Edward White
- a person who has control over appointments to positions of authority
Word Origin and History for kingmaker
also king-maker, 1590s, originally in reference to the 15c. Earl of Warwick.