Definition of kingmaker in English:



  • A person who brings leaders to power through the exercise of political influence.

    ‘the political leaders are attended by kingmakers and fixers’
    • ‘The import of his letter is that as Chairman of the Council of kingmakers, he could not provide leadership.’
    • ‘He said it was the rights of the kingmakers to enthrone whosoever as per their tradition, and only present him formally to the administration as a collaborator in that society.’
    • ‘What the Democrats do have is a mother lode of celebrity kibitzers, hangers-on, wannabes, kingmakers, cause-stars and flirts.’
    • ‘Can you come up with a leader of an industrialized Western nation who rose to power as the puppet of wealthy industrialist kingmakers, but turned out to be a True Believer who those kingmakers could not control?’
    • ‘Brown & Root has long been a kingmaker in Texas politics.’
    • ‘This turns ‘swing-voters’ into kingmakers even when they don't deserve to be.’
    • ‘It was a commercial flop, but made waves with critics and industry kingmakers.’
    • ‘He is seen as a potential kingmaker and wields considerable power already in managing parliamentary business and pulling MSP levers on its committees.’
    • ‘Most likely the right-wing majority calculated that their presence at the speech would have focused attention on their unprecedented role as kingmakers in the presidential contest.’
    • ‘He is targeting for at least 40 MPs so that he would not only be the kingmaker, but can become king, too.’
    • ‘Oil exporters have become financial kingmakers as real oil prices have leapt 170 per cent in real terms since 2001 to 25-year highs.’
    • ‘Labour came into the election clinging onto power by just one seat - thanks to help from the Lib Dems, who acted as kingmakers with their four councillors.’
    • ‘Apparently, the Kurds are the kingmakers at the moment.’
    • ‘Certainly he is one the party's most credible performers, but he is more likely to play the role of a kingmaker than a king.’
    • ‘Now with his foray into the electoral area, he has the makings of a political kingmaker.’
    • ‘‘The kingmaker can kingmake as much as he likes but the chance is there to take him on now,’ said a Labour insider.’
    • ‘In recent years, the man who was once beaten down by a firestorm of criticism has transformed himself into a political kingmaker and a celebrity icon.’
    • ‘As a founder of the southern wing of the Republican Party, he became a presidential kingmaker and a key figure in turning courts back to the right.’
    • ‘Historians know it too as the home of Tudor kingmakers, of Georgian kings and of the artists who followed in their train.’
    • ‘Fringe candidates are the new kingmakers and king-breakers.’


Used originally with reference to the Earl of Warwick (see Warwick, Richard Neville).