arbiter

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noun ar·bi·ter \ˈär-bə-tər\

Definition of arbiter

  1. 1 :  a person with power to decide a dispute :  judge The mayor will act as the final arbiter in any dispute between board members.

  2. 2 :  a person or agency whose judgment or opinion is considered authoritative arbiters of taste

Origin and Etymology of arbiter

Middle English arbitour, arbitre, borrowed from Anglo-French, borrowed from Latin arbiter “eyewitness, onlooker, person appointed to settle a dispute,” perhaps, if going back to *ad-biteros, from ad- ad- + *-biteros, derivative from a base *-bit- akin to bītere, baetere, bētere “to go,” of obscure origin


First Known Use: 14th century


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arbiter

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noun ar·bi·ter \ˈär-bə-tər\

Legal Definition of arbiter

Origin and Etymology of arbiter

Latin, onlooker, arbitrator



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