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Definition of the noun arbiter

What does arbiter mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: arbiters

  1. someone with the power to settle matters at will
    • example: she was the final arbiter on all matters of fashion
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • synonym of arbiter: supreme authority
    • more generic word: expert = a person with special knowledge or ability who performs skillfully
  2. someone chosen to judge and decide a disputed issue
    • example: the critic was considered to be an arbiter of modern literature
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • synonyms of arbiter: arbitrator / umpire
    • more generic words: evaluator / judge = an authority who is able to estimate worth or quality
    • more specific term: third party = someone other than the principals who are involved in a transaction

Alternative definition of the noun arbiter


  1. A person appointed, or chosen, by parties to determine a controversy between them; an arbitrator.
  2. [context: with [term, of, lang=en]] 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.

Definition of the noun arbiter for high school students

    one who can resolve a dispute, make a decision
    • example: The divorce court judge will serve as the arbiter between the estranged husband and wife.

The noun arbiter is considered to be a word that all college-aspiring students should know and understand, so it frequently appears on the SAT, ACT and other college admissions tests.

Specialised definition of the noun arbiter

Glossary of sports

person who enforces rules of participation in sport competition and administers sanctions (penalties) in cases of rule violations (Mark H. Anshel. 1991. Dictionary of the Sport and Exercise Sciences. Human Kinetics Books Champaign, Illinois)

Definition of the verb arbiter

What does arbiter mean as a doing word?


  1. [transitive] To act as 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.


Arbiter is a musical group.

  • albums: "Colossus", "Ironclad/Machinations"


Arbiter is a record label.


Arbiter: Arbiters are electronic devices that allocate access to shared resources.

Phrases with Arbiter

  1. fashion arbiter
  2. Hypsibius Arbiter
  3. Niphargus Arbiter
  4. petronius arbiter
  5. Cereopsius Arbiter
  6. Isohypsibius arbiter
  7. Species Hypsibius Arbiter
  8. Species Niphargus Arbiter
  9. Species Cereopsius Arbiter
  10. species Isohypsibius arbiter

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Arbiter

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Google previewWikipedia

Arbiter is a fictional ceremonial, religious, and political rank bestowed upon alien Covenant Elites in the ...

Google previewElectroacoustics (2013)

by Mendel Kleiner

The final arbiter is the listener, whose ability to hear features varies considerably between listeners, and, for a particular listener, also with time, general condition, memory, etc. Since electroacoustic engineering is multidisciplinary, any ...

Google previewManaging Church Conflict (1991)

by Hugh F. Halverstadt

Arbiters An arbiter is a party whose interests—purposes, needs, desires, or responsibilities—relate only to the conflicting differences between principals.

Google previewFinancial Justification of Nondestructive Testing (2006)

Cost of Quality in Manufacturing by Emmanuel P. Papadakis

Financial calculations are the court of last resort in all those cases in which no overriding simplistic arbiter of testing is present. Let us first investigate what is meant by a “simplistic arbiter.” A simplistic arbiter is any statement that can be written ...

Google previewCareer Diplomacy (2011)

Life and Work in the U.S. Foreign Service, Second Edition by Harry W. Kopp

The ultimate arbiter is the US Congress. FSOs, especially those in the field, see themselves as budget takers, not budget makers .

Google previewPressure Groups in British Politics (2014)

by W.N. Coxall

paramount rule is the sovereignty of parliament and the courts have no significant role in constitutional interpretation; in the United States, which has a written codified constitution, the paramount constitutional arbiter is the Supreme Court.

Google previewChambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D)

by Various

Arbiter,är′bitėr, chosen bypartiesin controversytodecide between them:ajudge having absolute powerof decision:anarbitrator: umpire: — fem.

Google previewEncyclopedic Dictionary of Roman Law (1968)

or a common inheritance was assigned to an arbiter as was the establishment of boundaries between adjoining lands. — See addicexe, adiudicatio, legis ACTIO PER IUDICIS ARBITRIVE POSTULATIONEM, IUDEX. Wlassak, RE 2 ; De ...

Google previewA Bibliographical Dictionary (1806)

Containing a Chronological Account, Alphabetically Arranged, of the Most Curious, Scarce, Useful, and Important Books, in All Departments of Literature .... The bibliographical miscellany, or Supplement to the bibliographical dictionary ; 1 by Adam Clarke

PETRONIUS Arbiter, flourished under Nero. The History of the Ephesian Matron, by T. Petronius ...

Google previewFowler's Dictionary of Modern English Usage (2015)

by Henry Watson Fowler, Jeremy Butterfield

arbiter, arbitrator. Do these words ...

Google previewWorld Dictionary of Foreign Expressions (1999)

A Resource for Readers and Writers by Gabriel Adeleye, Kofi Acquah-Dadzie

arbiter n., pl. arbitri or arbiters [L. judge, arbitrator, umpire, mediator.] 1. A judge or arbitrator appointed by parties or a court on behalf of the parties to decide a dispute between them. 2. A person or ...

Google previewThe London encyclopaedia, or, Universal dictionary of science, art, literature, and practical mechanics, by the orig. ed. of the Encyclopaedia metropolitana [T. Curtis]. (1839)

by Thomas Curtis (of Grove house sch, Islington)

arbiter ; according to ...

Google previewGarner's Dictionary of Legal Usage (2011)

by Bryan A. Garner

arbitrator; arbiter. An arbitrator is a person chosen to settle differences between two parties embroiled in a controversy. Arbiter, by contrast, is more general, meaning “anyone with power to decide ...

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The Supreme Court is not elected, and it is therefore not a proper arbiter of social policy. (Lamar S. Smith)
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Scrabble value of A1R1B3I1T1E1R1

The value of this 7-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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