Definitions for arbiterˈɑr bɪ tər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ar•bi•terˈɑr bɪ tər(n.)

  1. a person empowered to decide matters at issue; judge; umpire.

  2. a person or group having the sole or absolute power of judging or determining.

Origin of arbiter:

1350–1400; ME arbitour, arbitre < AF, OF < L arbiter

Princeton's WordNet

  1. arbiter, supreme authority(noun)

    someone with the power to settle matters at will

    "she was the final arbiter on all matters of fashion"

  2. arbiter, arbitrator, umpire(noun)

    someone chosen to judge and decide a disputed issue

    "the critic was considered to be an arbiter of modern literature"; "the arbitrator's authority derived from the consent of the disputants"; "an umpire was appointed to settle the tax case"

Wiktionary

  1. arbiter(Noun)

    A person appointed, or chosen, by parties to determine a controversy between them; an arbitrator.

  2. arbiter(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.

    Television and film, not Vogue and similar magazines, are the arbiters of fashion.

  3. arbiter(Verb)

    To act as arbiter.

  4. Origin: arbitre, from arbiter, from ar- for ad- + betere.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Arbiter(noun)

    a person appointed, or chosen, by parties to determine a controversy between them

  2. Arbiter(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

  3. Arbiter(verb)

    to act as arbiter between

Freebase

  1. Arbiter

    Arbiter is a fictional ceremonial, religious, and political rank bestowed upon alien Covenant Elites in the Halo science fiction universe. In the 2004 video game Halo 2, the rank is given to a disgraced commander as a way to atone for his failures. Although the Arbiter is intended to die serving the Covenant leadership, the High Prophets, he survives his missions and the Prophets' subsequent betrayal of his kind. When he learns that the Prophets' plans would doom all sentient life in the galaxy to extinction, the Arbiter allies with the Covenant's enemies—humanity—and stops the ringworld Halo from being activated. The Arbiter is a playable character in Halo 2 and its 2007 sequel Halo 3; a different Arbiter appears in the 2009 real-time strategy game Halo Wars, which takes place 20 years before the events of the main trilogy. The appearance of the Arbiter in Halo 2 and the change in perspective from the main human protagonist Master Chief to a former enemy was a plot twist Halo developer Bungie kept highly secret. The character's name was changed from "Dervish" after concerns that the name reinforced a perceived United States versus Islam allegory in the game's plot. Award-winning actor Keith David lends his voice to the character in Halo 2 and 3, while David Sobolov voices the Arbiter of Halo Wars.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

arbitrator(noun)

a person who makes a judgement in a dispute etc.

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