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 Echoing vocal critics outside the I.O.C., Oswald also suggested that Bach was compromised by his close ties to Sheikh Ahmad al-Fahad al-Sabah of Kuwait, a global sports kingmaker, who as an I.O.C. member had lobbied on Bach’s behalf. New York Times, 20 July 2021 Because Bennett’s party was just large enough for him to be courted as a swing vote, Israeli commentators called it a case of a political kingmaker unexpectedly becoming king. Laura King, Los Angeles Times, 10 June 2021 But Bennett found himself the kingmaker, wooed by both Netanyahu and Lapid who needed his party's support in order to form a majority. Rob Picheta, CNN, 4 June 2021 The sheikh's lobbying for Bach in 2013 added to his kingmaker reputation. Graham Dunbar, Star Tribune, 22 Feb. 2021 Similar statements came from centrist leader Yair Lapid and Mansour Abbas, an Islamist politician who has emerged as a political kingmaker in Israel. Ron Kampeas,, 18 May 2021 However, Trump does seem to want the Republican Party to bend to his unpopular personality and, further, wants to be the kingmaker for every Republican primary, including those in swing areas., 7 July 2021 Iran is the kingmaker with its armed proxies maintaining the status quo and killing off — literally — any challenges to its status. Rasha Al Aqeedi, Star Tribune, 2 July 2021 Long before Netflix’s original shows and movies were winning awards, the streaming service was a kingmaker for licensed content. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 1 July 2021

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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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“Kingmaker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of kingmaker

: a powerful person or group who influences decisions about who will become political candidates

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