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Apr 4, 2014
This week's theme
Words from royalty

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interregnum
basilic
kingdom come
royal road
kingmaker

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kingmaker

PRONUNCIATION:
(KING-may-kuhr)

MEANING:
noun: A person or organization having great power and influence in the selection of a candidate for an important position.

ETYMOLOGY:
The term was originally applied to Richard Neville, 16th Earl of Warwick, as "Warwick the Kingmaker" during the Wars of the Roses. Earliest documented use: 1595.

USAGE:
"In recruiting them for SNL, Lorne Michaels has played kingmaker to some of US comedy's biggest names. 'Think the Godfather with a whoopee cushion', one critic wrote."
Jon Swaine; The Inscrutable Kingmaker of Comedy; The Guardian (London, UK); Feb 17, 2014.

See more usage examples of kingmaker in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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