• WordNet 3.6
    • n kingmaker an important person who can bring leaders to power through the exercise of political influence "the Earl of Warwick was the first kingmaker"
    • n 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)
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n kingmaker One who makes kings; one who raises a porson to a royal throne: a title applied specifically to Richard Nevil, Earl of Warwick (died 1471), who was the principal agent in making Edward IV. king in place of Henry VI., and afterward in dethroning Edward and restoring Henry.
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In literature:

There was a man once in England whom they call the kingmaker.
"Prince Otto a Romance" by Robert Louis Stevenson
The kingmaker had a guard of six hundred men.
"Famous Men of the Middle Ages" by John H. Haaren
KINGMAKER, THE, a title popularly given to Richard Nevil, Earl of Warwick, who was instrumental in raising Edward IV.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
Neville, Richard, kingmaker, i, 302.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great - Volume 14" by Elbert Hubbard
Sometimes even the king himself forgets who was the kingmaker.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
When Warwick the Kingmaker made a memorable visit to Rouen in 1467 as an ambassador, King Louis XI.
"The Story of Rouen" by Sir Theodore Andrea Cook
Soldiers are meant to obey, not to rule, and these Kosnovian Kingmakers were not patriots but cutthroats.
"A Son of the Immortals" by Louis Tracy
There was a man once in England whom they call the kingmaker.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 7 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
The battle of Barnet witnessed the fall and death of the kingmaker, and with her champion feudalism fell.
"About London" by J. Ewing Ritchie
His queen, Anne Neville, the daughter of the kingmaker, was on her death-bed.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 5" by Various

In news:

And they have kingmaker music site on speed dial.
Helen Vendler is a kingmaker.
Former Israeli kingmaker poised to reclaim top role in powerful ultra-Orthodox party.
Haley relishes role of ' kingmaker .
Milosevic Party Emerges as Kingmaker .
Jeff Flake wins backing of conservative kingmaker Jim DeMint in Arizona Senate race.
Stephen Colbert Takes on an Iowa GOP Kingmaker .
Kingmaker , That's You.
Iowa's Tea Party Kingmaker .
Biden eyed in Iowa's role as kingmaker .
Washington Post's Kingmaker Picks Fenty for Mayor.
Nobel Peace Prizewinner Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has 44.5 percent of the Liberian presidential vote so far: not enough to avoid a second round, where former warlord Prince Johnson may be 'kingmaker.
After playing kingmaker in the 2010 election cycle, the tea party movement is having a less prominent role in 2012.
Democratic political kingmaker Hank Morris pleaded guilty yesterday to a single felony securities fraud charge in a pay-to-play scheme for the state's massive $124.8 billion pension fund.
If This Brooklyn Kingmaker Is Asking, Saying No Is Risky Option.