[ri-fur-uh l]


an act of referring; the state of being referred.
an instance of referring.
a person recommended to someone or for something.

Nearby words

  1. reference works,
  2. referendum,
  3. referent,
  4. referential,
  5. referentially,
  6. referred pain,
  7. referred sensation,
  8. referrible,
  9. reffo,
  10. refill

Origin of referral

First recorded in 1930–35; refer + -al2

Can be confusedreference referral Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for referral



1920, "act of referring," from refer + -al (2). Especially to an expert or specialist (a sense attested from 1955). Earlier word was referment (1550s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper