arbiter, arbitrator
Arbiter, a more literary word (16c), is now restricted to the meaning ‘a judge or authority’ as in an arbiter of taste. For the meaning ‘a person appointed to settle a dispute’, the slightly older form arbitrator (15c) is now the correct word to use, although the meanings overlap and arbiter is still often found in this meaning. Examples: (arbiter)

• She was not so much an arbiter of fashion as she was fashion itself —D. Halberstam, 1979

• The great nineteenth-century critic and arbiter of taste, John Ruskin —L. Hudson, 1985

• Harley then insisted that the tournament director, who is the ultimate arbiter at professional tournaments, be summoned —M. Hamer, 1991

• (arbitrator) Either party may apply to have the dispute referred to arbitration by the judge or by an outside arbitrator —R. C. A. White, 1985

• Edward insisted on intervening in the succession dispute…not as an impartial arbitrator, but as feudal overlord of Scotland —Oxford Companion to British History, 2002.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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