Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One agreed upon or appointed to judge or decide a disputed issue; an arbitrator.
  • noun One whose opinion or judgment is considered authoritative or worthy of respect.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To act as arbiter between; judge.
  • noun 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.
  • noun 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb obsolete To act as arbiter between.
  • noun A person appointed, or chosen, by parties to determine a controversy between them.
  • noun Any person who has the power of judging and determining, or ordaining, without control; one whose power of deciding and governing is not limited.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A person appointed, or chosen, by parties to determine a controversy between them; an arbitrator.
  • noun 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.
  • verb transitive To act as arbiter.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun someone chosen to judge and decide a disputed issue
  • noun someone with the power to settle matters at will

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English arbitre, from Old French, from Latin arbiter, of Phoenician origin; see עrb in Semitic roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Old French arbitre, from Latin arbiter ("a witness, judge, literally one who goes to see"), from ar- for ad- ("to") + betere ("to come").

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  • not arbitrator.

    February 19, 2012