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One who has the political power to influence the selection of a candidate for high public office.

king′mak′ing adj. & n.


a person who has control over appointments to positions of authority


(ˈkɪŋˌmeɪ kər)

one who has sufficient political power to influence the choice of candidates for public office.
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Noun1.Kingmaker - English statesman; during the War of the Roses he fought first for the house of York and secured the throne for Edward IV and then changed sides to fight for the house of Lancaster and secured the throne for Henry VI (1428-1471)
2.kingmaker - an important person who can bring leaders to power through the exercise of political influence; "the Earl of Warwick was the first kingmaker"
important person, influential person, personage - a person whose actions and opinions strongly influence the course of events


[ˈkɪŋˌmeɪkəʳ] Npersona f muy influyente
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