kingmaker

[ king-mey-ker ]
/ ˈkɪŋˌmeɪ kər /

noun

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

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Origin of kingmaker

First recorded in 1590–1600; king + maker

OTHER WORDS FROM kingmaker

king·mak·ing, noun, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for kingmaker

kingmaker
/ (ˈkɪŋˌmeɪkə) /

noun

a person who has control over appointments to positions of authority
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