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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One to whose decision a cause is referred; a referee.
  • n. An officer who delivered the royal answer to petitions.
  • n. An officer of state charged with the duty of procuring and dispatching diplomas and decrees.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One to whose decision a cause is referred; a referee.
  • n. An officer who delivered the royal answer to petitions.
  • n. Formerly, an officer of state charged with the duty of procuring and dispatching diplomas and decrees.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to or of the nature of a referendum.
  • n. One to whom or to whose decision anything is referred; a referee.
  • n. An officer acting as the medium of communication with a sovereign.
  • n. [Tr. Gr. ῤεφερενδάριος.] An official who is the medium of communication between the patriarch of Constantinople and the civil authorities. This office has existed since the sixth century.

Etymologies

Latin referendarius, from Latin referendus to be referred, gerundive of referre: compare French référendaire. See refer. (Wiktionary)

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