- one to whom something is referred, especially for decision or settlement; arbitrator.
- (in certain games and sports) a judge having functions fixed by the rules of the game or sport; umpire.
- an authority who evaluates scientific, technical, or scholarly papers, grant proposals, or the like for the publication or funding institution to which they have been submitted.
- Law. a person selected by a court to take testimony in a case and return it to the court with recommendations as to the decision.
- to preside over as referee; act as referee in.
- to act as referee.
Origin of referee
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Examples from the Web for refereed
Scientific developments in other nations were written up in refereed journals and became universally available.Bush's Deadly Blunder
November 26, 2008
I remember Terry of Yale who refereed that game, above all others.Football Days
William H. Edwards
From this corner he dealt out cigars to the deserving, held stake moneys, decided all bets, and refereed all differences.The Celebrity, Complete
Armour had never felt so nervous before; it was actually the first time he had refereed on a game.The Loom of Youth
We can, and indeed do, print electronic journals, which are refereed on the network.The Civilization of Illiteracy
- a person to whom reference is made, esp for an opinion, information, or a decision
- the umpire or judge in any of various sports, esp football and boxing, responsible for ensuring fair play according to the rules
- a person who is willing to testify to the character or capabilities of someone
- law See Official Referee
- to act as a referee (in); preside (over)
Word Origin and History for refereed
1620s, "person who examines patent applications" (see refer). Sporting use recorded by 1820 (specifically of baseball from 1856).
1883, originally colloquial, from referee (n.). Related: Refereed; refereeing.