Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

  

English definition of “referee”

referee

noun [C] (SUPPORTER)    /ˌref.əˈriː/ (also reference) UK
a person who knows you and who is willing to describe and, usually, praise you, in order to support you when you are trying to get a job , etc.: She gave her college tutor as her referee to the interviewer .Recruiting staff, applying for and accepting jobsSupporters, members and defendersBelievers and non-believers
(Definition of referee noun (SUPPORTER) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of referee

Definitions of “referee” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

prenuptial agreement

an official document signed by two people before they get married that says what will happen to their possessions and/or children if they divorce (= officially stop being married)

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More