What does referee mean?

Definitions for referee
ˌrɛf əˈriref·er·ee

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word 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


  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

How to pronounce referee?

  1. Alex
    US English

How to say referee in sign language?

  1. referee


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of referee in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of referee in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of referee in a Sentence

  1. Nigel Owens:

    A happy referee is a good referee, and I wasn't happy.

  2. Antoine Roussel 10:41:

    I don't know (if the referee made the right call), they have a tough job. It's not easy to be a ref out there.

  3. President Trump:

    A referee gets on television, his wife is sitting at home, she’s so proud of him. They’re ruining the game.

  4. Alan Goldberger:

    He did not make any racial epithets, and beyond that ... if the referee made the remarks that that's somehow justification that you can assault him?

  5. Tristan Thompson:

    I'm over the referee s ----, at the end of the day, if you don't give effort and you don't play hard, you're never going to give yourself a chance to win.

Images & Illustrations of referee

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  • حكمArabic
  • съдияBulgarian
  • rozhodčíCzech
  • dommer, dømmeDanish
  • Schiedsrichter, schiedsrichtern, Schiedsrichterin, Lektor, RezensentGerman
  • διαιτητής, εισηγητήςGreek
  • arbitrar, árbitro, réferi, revisorSpanish
  • epaileBasque
  • arvioida, sovitella, tuomaroida, sovittelija, erotuomari, tuomita, suosittelija, välimies, suositella, arvioijaFinnish
  • arbitreFrench
  • rèitearScottish Gaelic
  • bíróHungarian
  • arbitroItalian
  • レフェリー, 審判Japanese
  • 중재인, 심판, 신원보증인, 審判, 심사원Korean
  • ArbitterLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • судија, вештак, суди, препорачателMacedonian
  • wasit, pengadilMalay
  • arbiter, scheidsrechterDutch
  • sędziaPolish
  • arbitrar, juiz, árbitroPortuguese
  • поручительница, судья, ампайр, рефери, арбитр, рецензент, поручительRussian
  • sutkinja, sudac, стручњак, судац, судија, вештак, stručnjak, sudija, veštak, vještak, суткиња, вјештакSerbo-Croatian
  • domare, döma, skiljedomare, referensSwedish
  • hakem, bilirkişiTurkish
  • рефері, арбітр, суддяUkrainian
  • trọng tàiVietnamese

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