A mediator is a person who helps negotiate between two feuding parties. When a married couple is considering getting divorced, they sometimes hire a mediator to help them come to an agreement, and possibly even avoid divorce.

The word mediator goes back to the Latin word medius, which means middle. A mediator is supposed to remain in the neutral middle rather than taking one side over another, in order to help both sides resolve a dispute. Mediators negotiate between employers and employees, disputing couples, and in schools helping kids work out their conflicts peacefully rather than fighting on the playground or lunchroom.

Definitions of mediator

n a negotiator who acts as a link between parties

go-between, intercessor, intermediary, intermediator
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Edward Fitzgerald
English poet remembered primarily for his free translation of the poetry of Omar Khayyam (1809-1883)
Benjamin Jowett
English classical scholar noted for his translations of Plato and Aristotle (1817-1893)
William Tindale
English translator and Protestant martyr; his translation of the Bible into English (which later formed the basis for the King James Version) aroused ecclesiastical opposition; he left England in 1524 and was burned at the stake in Antwerp as a heretic (1494-1536)
Bishop Ulfilas
a Christian believed to be of Cappadocian descent who became bishop of the Visigoths in 341 and translated the Bible from Greek into Gothic; traditionally held to have invented the Gothic alphabet (311-382)
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a woman who is a mediator
conciliator, make-peace, pacifier, peacemaker, reconciler
someone who tries to bring peace
a person who deals tactfully with others
harmoniser, harmonizer
a mediator who brings one thing into harmonious agreement with another
interpreter, translator
someone who mediates between speakers of different languages
marriage broker, matcher, matchmaker
someone who arranges (or tries to arrange) marriages for others
someone who mediates disputes and attempts to avoid violence
second hand
an intermediate person; used in the phrase `at second hand'
someone who tries to bring peace by acceding to demands
an interpreter and guide in the Near East; in the Ottoman Empire in the 18th and 19th centuries a translator of European languages for the Turkish and Arab authorities and most dragomans were Greek (many reached high positions in the government)
a moderator who makes less extreme or uncompromising
symboliser, symbolist, symbolizer
someone skilled in the interpretation or representation of symbols
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negotiant, negotiator, treater
someone who negotiates (confers with others in order to reach a settlement)

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