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[king-mey-ker] /ˈkɪŋˌmeɪ kər/
a person who has great power and influence in the choice of a ruler, candidate for public office, business leader, or the like.
Origin of kingmaker
1590-1600; king + maker
Related forms
kingmaking, noun, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for kingmaker
  • She might not be a kingmaker but she carries a lot of influence.
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  • Even more importantly, he has become the political kingmaker.
  • Luce tried, with little success, to play kingmaker in presidential politics.
  • He now finds himself in the role of potential kingmaker for the run-off.
  • Rather than being squashed between left and right he can still be kingmaker.
British Dictionary definitions for kingmaker


a person who has control over appointments to positions of authority
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Word Origin and History for kingmaker

also king-maker, 1590s, originally in reference to the 15c. Earl of Warwick.

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