What does arbiter mean?

Definitions for arbiterˈɑr bɪ tər

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word 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"


  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


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Arbiter

    är′bit-ėr, n. one chosen by parties in controversy to decide between them: a judge having absolute power of decision: an arbitrator: umpire:—fem. Ar′bitress.—ns. Ar′bitrage, exercise of the functions of the arbiter; Arbit′rament, Arbit′rement, the decision of an arbiter: determination: choice.—v.i. Ar′bitrate, to act as an arbiter: to determine.—ns. Arbitrā′tion; Ar′bitrātor (same as Arbiter):—fem. Ar′bitrātrix.—Arbitration of exchange, the determination of the rate of exchange between two currencies when there are one or more intermediate places through which the operations must pass.—To submit to arbitration, to defer a matter of private, public, or international controversy to the judgment of certain persons selected. [L.—ar = ad, to, and bit-ĕre (cog. with Gr. bai-nein), to go or come; sig. one who comes to look on, a witness, a judge.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of arbiter in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of arbiter in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Trey Gowdy:

    Her arrangement places her as the sole arbiter of what she considers private and what is beyond the view of the public.

  2. Digby Warde-Aldam:

    Surely no arbiter in their right mind could have let such hectoring, cultural studies-sanctioned guff slip through the net?

  3. Gary Gardner:

    National agricultural endowments need to be protected, the market has an important role to play but it shouldn't be the final arbiter of who gets food and where it comes from.

  4. Trey Gowdy:

    This confirms doubts about the completeness of Clinton’s self-selected public record and raises serious questions about Hillary Clinton decision to erase Hillary Clinton personal server — especially before it could be analyzed by an independent, neutral third party arbiter.

  5. Jamal Ware:

    Chairman ?Gowdy granted a reasonable extension because for him this is not about politics. It is about getting all relevant documents for the committee, he still believes the best option for Secretary Clinton is to turn over her server to a neutral arbiter to independently determine what should be in the public domain. The committee has no interest in her personal emails.

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Translations for arbiter

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • арбитър, господар, повелителBulgarian
  • Schlichter, SchiedsrichterGerman
  • árbitro, árbitraSpanish
  • sovittelija, välittäjäFinnish
  • arbitreFrench
  • arbitru, arbitriRomanian
  • властелин, властительница, повелительница, арбитр, повелитель, владыка, властительRussian

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