American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One chosen or appointed to judge or decide a disputed issue; an arbitrator.
- n. One who has the power to judge or ordain at will: an arbiter of fashion. See Synonyms at judge.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A person chosen by the parties in a controversy to decide their differences; one who decides points at issue; an arbitrator; a referee; an umpire.
- n. In a general sense, a person who has the power of judging and determining absolutely according to his own pleasure; one whose power of deciding and governing is not limited; one who has a matter under his sole authority for adjudication.
- To act as arbiter between; judge.
- n. A person appointed, or chosen, by parties to determine a controversy between them; an arbitrator.
- n. A person or object having the power of judging and determining, or ordaining, without control; one whose power of deciding and governing is not limited.
- v. transitive To act as arbiter.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A person appointed, or chosen, by parties to determine a controversy between them.
- n. Any person who has the power of judging and determining, or ordaining, without control; one whose power of deciding and governing is not limited.
- v. obsolete To act as arbiter between.
- n. someone chosen to judge and decide a disputed issue
- n. someone with the power to settle matters at will
- Old French arbitre, from Latin arbiter ("a witness, judge, literally one who goes to see"), from ar- for ad- ("to") + betere ("to come"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English arbitre, from Old French, from Latin arbiter, of Phoenician origin; see ʿrb in Semitic roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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