king·​mak·​er | \ ˈkiŋ-ˌmā-kər How to pronounce kingmaker (audio) \

Definition of kingmaker

: one having great influence over the choice of candidates for political office

Examples of kingmaker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At the center of this conflict stands Iraqi political kingmaker Moqtada al-Sadr and a rival bloc of parties with strong ties to neighboring Iran. Abbas Al Lawati And Adam Pourahmadi, CNN, 22 Aug. 2022 Trump has enjoyed his kingmaker status over the past few months, boosting his endorsed candidates to victory in primary elections ranging from top of the ticket to state legislature. Thomas Beaumont, ajc, 21 Aug. 2022 While Trump remains the de facto GOP leader and party kingmaker, offering or withholding a powerful endorsement in down-ballot races across the country, strategists are forecasting a crowded field for the 2024 nomination. Bytal Axelrod, ABC News, 27 July 2022 Analysts say that the kingmaker of Iraqi politics is capable of thwarting the nomination of al-Sudani as Prime Minister. Nadeen Ebrahim, CNN, 29 July 2022 At the polls, the Conservatives won the most parliamentary seats but fell short of the number needed to form a government, enabling the Lib Dems to play kingmaker. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 4 Aug. 2022 Former President Donald Trump, who has a mixed record as kingmaker in this year's midterms, has not issued an endorsement. Caroline Linton, CBS News, 30 June 2022 Or Shaked could emerge as a kingmaker, just as Bennett did. Joseph Krauss, ajc, 29 June 2022 But the ups and downs of the Republican primary have also undercut the notion of Trump as party kingmaker. Hannah Knowles, Anchorage Daily News, 20 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of kingmaker

1595, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of kingmaker was in 1595

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19 Sep 2022

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“Kingmaker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2022.

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