Definitions for refereeˌrɛf əˈri

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ref•er•ee*ˌrɛf əˈri(n.; v.)-eed, -ee•ing.

  1. (n.)a person to whom something is referred for decision or settlement.

  2. a judge having functions fixed by the rules of a game or sport; umpire.

    Category: Games, Sport

  3. an authority who evaluates proposals for funding, scholarly papers for publication, etc.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  4. Law. a person selected by a court to take testimony and recommend a decision.

    Category: Law

  5. (v.t.)to preside over as referee.

  6. (v.i.)to act as referee.

* Syn: See judge.

Origin of referee:


Princeton's WordNet

  1. referee, ref(noun)

    (sports) the chief official (as in boxing or American football) who is expected to ensure fair play

  2. reviewer, referee, reader(noun)

    someone who reads manuscripts and judges their suitability for publication

  3. referee(verb)

    an attorney appointed by a court to investigate and report on a case

  4. referee, umpire(verb)

    be a referee or umpire in a sports competition

  5. referee, peer review(verb)

    evaluate professionally a colleague's work

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. referee(noun)ˌrɛf əˈri

    an official who decides whether a sports game is being played fairly

    The referee blew his whistle.; the official who was refereeing the game


  1. referee(Noun)

    An umpire or judge; the official who makes sure the rules are followed during a game

  2. referee(Noun)

    A person who settles a dispute

  3. referee(Noun)

    A person who writes a letter of reference or provides a reference by phone call for someone

  4. referee(Noun)

    An expert who judges the manuscript of an article or book to decide if it should be published

  5. referee(Verb)

    To act as a referee.

  6. Origin: from past participle of referer, from refero; as if , that is, the person to whom something is referred for consideration.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Referee(noun)

    one to whom a thing is referred; a person to whom a matter in dispute has been referred, in order that he may settle it


  1. Referee

    A referee is the person of authority, in a variety of sports, who is responsible for presiding over the game from a neutral point of view and making on the fly decisions that enforce the rules of the sport, including sportsmanship decisions such as ejection. The official tasked with this job may be known, in addition to referee, by a variety of other titles as well, including umpire, judge, arbiter, arbitrator, linesman, commissaire, timekeeper, touch judge or Technical Official.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'referee' in Nouns Frequency: #2373

Translations for referee

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a person who controls boxing, football etc matches, makes sure that the rules are not broken etc

The referee sent two of the players off the field.

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