kingmaker kingmaker  /ˈkɪŋ ˌmeɪ kər/


  1. (n) 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. (n) an important person who can bring leaders to power through the exercise of political influence



  1. How a part-time blogger became a kingmaker in the new tech world.
  2. And for small-time studios, the company is a kingmaker, able to propel films via Internet word of mouth.
  3. Some, like Vatican Secretary of State Angelo Sodano, would be more likely to play kingmaker inside a conclave because of their pivotal vantage point in Rome.


  • What Bill O'Reilly Got Out of the Immigration Deal

    By holding out his explicit endorsement of the Senate's immigration bill until Thursday night, Fox News' Bill O'Reilly figured out how he could play kingmaker on a major national issue. "It is time for the USA to pass immigration reform," O'Reilly said. He pointed to the latest agreement in the immigration negotiations, which calls for spending $30 billion to send 20,000 more agents to secure ...
    on June 21, 2013     Source: The Atlantic Wire via Yahoo! News


  1. As Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, Democrat of Maryland, said, "When you are seeking 60 votes, every person is a kingmaker."
    on Nov 1, 2009 By: Ben Cardin Source: New York Times

  2. "Hence, he is secretly peddling himself as an election manipulator and kingmaker. His pitch is that he will enter into a secret, but strong political alliance, using as his power base the full force and awesome resources of the DILG and the...
    on Jan 18, 2010 By: Miriam Defensor-Santiago Source: Philippine Star

  3. "That's where you're wrong," the then-governor says. "She's the kingmaker. She made Obama. We know she's a Democrat. We know she's for Obama. ...... This one, she's so up there, so high, that nobody can assail this pick. This would be huge."
    on Jun 28, 2010 By: Rod Blagojevich Source: Chicago Sun-Times

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