Definition of kingmaking in US English:

kingmaking

noun

  • The action or an act of appointing a king or (especially in later use) other person of authority, chiefly by means of political influence.

adjective

  • That brings about the appointment of a king or (especially in later use) other person of authority, chiefly by means of political influence; that makes a person king.

Origin

Mid 17th century. From king + making<br>mid 17th century; earliest use found in Thomas Aston (1600–1646), apologist of the Church of England and local politician. From king + making, partly after kingmaker.

Pronunciation

kingmaking

/ˈkɪŋˌmeɪkɪŋ/