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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: arbitre, from Latin arbiter

arbiter

noun
     
ar‧bi‧ter [countable]
1 someone who influences society's opinions about what is stylish, socially acceptable etc:
The designer has received rave reviews from such arbiters of taste as Elle magazine.
2 someone or something that settles an argument between two opposing sides [= judge]:
The European Court of Justice will be the final arbiter (=make the final decision) in the dispute.

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