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reference

noun [C] (LETTER)    /ˈref.ər.əns/ US  /-ɚ-/
B2 a letter that is written by someone who knows you, to describe you and say if you are suitable for a job, course, etc.: My old headteacher said he would write/give me a glowing (= very good) reference.Recruiting staff, applying for and accepting jobs
(Definition of reference noun (LETTER) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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