Referendary

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Referendary An officer who delivered the royal answer to petitions. "Referendaries , or masters of request."
    • Referendary Formerly, an officer of state charged with the duty of procuring and dispatching diplomas and decrees.
    • Referendary One to whose decision a cause is referred; a referee.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n referendary One to whom or to whose decision anything is referred; a referee.
    • n referendary An officer acting as the medium of communication with a sovereign.
    • n referendary [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.
    • referendary Pertaining to or of the nature of a referendum.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Referendary one to whose decision a cause is referred, a referee: formerly a public official whose duty was to procure, execute, and despatch diplomas and charters, or who served as the medium of communication with a sovereign: the official through whom the patriarch of Constantinople communicates with the civil authorities
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. referendarius, fr. L. referendus, to be referred, gerundive of referre,: cf. F. référendaire,. See Refer
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. referer (référer)—L. referre, to carry back—re-, back, ferre, to carry.

Usage

In literature:

This time he was made a Referendary under the Great Seal, Baron, and Officer of the Legion of Honor.
"The Muse of the Department" by Honore de Balzac
The Court Counsellor, Kempf, was my administrator, and Counsellor Huttner my referendary.
"The Life and Adventures of Baron Trenck Vol. 2 (of 2)" by Baron Trenck
This time he was made a Referendary under the Great Seal, Baron, and Officer of the Legion of Honor.
"Parisians in the Country" by Honore de Balzac
The Knights being in some respects a secret organization, data as to referendary votings are not always made public.
"Direct Legislation by the Citizenship through the Initiative and Referendum" by James W. Sullivan
I am a referendary at the department of state in Cassel, and accordingly I soon heard of the danger to which you are exposed.
"Napoleon and the Queen of Prussia" by L. Mühlbach,
Such a market-title and patent of nobility could not but be ornamental to a Referendary.
"The Campaner Thal and Other Writings" by Jean Paul Friedrich Richter
After his examinations in law he was appointed referendary of the government of his natal city, Muenster.
"The War Upon Religion" by Rev. Francis A. Cunningham
Such a market-title and patent of nobility could not but be ornamental to a Referendary.
"Translations from the German (Vol 3 of 3)" by Thomas Carlyle
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