• McClung, Referee Shevlin Hogan
    McClung, Referee Shevlin Hogan
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v referee evaluate professionally a colleague's work
    • v referee be a referee or umpire in a sports competition
    • n referee (sports) the chief official (as in boxing or American football) who is expected to ensure fair play
    • n referee an attorney appointed by a court to investigate and report on a case
    • n referee someone who reads manuscripts and judges their suitability for publication
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Before soccer referees started using whistles in 1878, they used to rely on waving a handkerchief
    • n Referee One to whom a thing is referred; a person to whom a matter in dispute has been referred, in order that he may settle it.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The home team must provide the referee with 36 footballs for each National Football League game.
    • n referee One to whom something is referred; especially, a person to whom a matter in dispute has been referred for settlement or decision; an arbitrator; an umpire.
    • n referee Specifically, in law, a person selected by the court or parties under authority of law to try a cause in place of the court, or to examine and report on a question in aid of the court, or to perform some function involving judicial or quasi-judicial powers. Synonyms Umpire, Arbitrator, etc. See judge, n.
    • referee To preside over as referee or umpire.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Referee one to whom anything is referred: an arbitrator, umpire, or judge
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  • John H. Holcomb
    John H. Holcomb
    “You must get involved to have an impact. No one is impressed with the won-lost record of the referee.”
  • H. E. Jansen
    H. E. Jansen
    “The man who wins may have been counted out several times but he didn't hear the referee.”
  • Austin Igleheart
    Austin Igleheart
    “Government can be bigger than any of the players on the field as a referee, but it has no right to become one of the players.”
  • Bill Cosby
    “No matter how calmly you try to referee, parenting will eventually produce bizarre behavior, and I'm not talking about the kids. Their behavior is always normal.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “The person who wins may have been counted out several times, but didn't hear the referee.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. referer (référer)—L. referre, to carry back—re-, back, ferre, to carry.


In literature:

The sturgeon is left by the referee's canoe at a point midway between the bases.
"Boy Scouts Handbook" by Boy Scouts of America
The referee called them to the middle of the ring.
"Once to Every Man" by Larry Evans
I think you hit this guy with everything but the referee and that's why I like your work.
"Kid Scanlan" by H. C. Witwer
The railroad will have a big say in appointing those referees.
"The Shepherd of the North" by Richard Aumerle Maher
Not until dusk had fallen was the referee able to hold up the arm of the victor.
"The Monk of Hambleton" by Armstrong Livingston
Lance arranged the start and was referee.
"The Girls of Central High on Lake Luna" by Gertrude W. Morrison
Neil Durant, Norris and the referee then met in mid-field and flipped a coin for choice of goals.
"The Mark of the Knife" by Clayton H. Ernst
It was agreed to submit the matter to a practical test, with the Colonel as referee.
"The So-called Human Race" by Bert Leston Taylor
The evidence taken before the referee in the Continental case fully describes and explains the methods of wrecking.
"The Galaxy, June 1877" by Various
She was constantly required to act as referee in the frequent squabbles.
"Loyal to the School" by Angela Brazil

In poetry:

The counselor who took the fee,
The witnesses and referee,
The judge who granted the decree,
Died in that wholesale butchery.
"A Moral Vindicator" by Francis Bret Harte
The Referee stood in a puddle
With a fire-guard round his head,
And the band was playing —to make him laugh —
" Cheer up, you'll soon be dead."!
"One Over The Eight (Football Score!)" by T W Connor
There’s a glorious game called Foot-ball
—I've played it since I was seven —
It's a game where the players all go mad
And Referees go to Heaven!
"One Over The Eight (Football Score!)" by T W Connor
Of all races and eras, These States, with veins full of poetical
stuff, most need poets, and are to have the greatest, and use
them the greatest;
Their Presidents shall not be their common referee so much as their
poets shall.
"As I Sat Alone" by Walt Whitman
Of course, we didn't tell them we were putting up the game;
But we fixed it up between us, and made bets upon the same.
We named a time-keep and a referee to see it through;
Then strolled around, just casual, and introduced the two.
"The Silent Member" by C J Dennis

In news:

Broncos coach John Fox talks with the referees.
Instead substitute referees are calling the games.
NFL Referees Step in While Union Strikes Persist.
Why The NFLPA Cannot Strike Over Replacement Referees.
Throughout the course of the NFL pre-season, players have taken the field under the officiating of replacement referees.
Thick skin , cool head required of referees of all sports.
Thick skin, cool head required of referees of all sports.
NFL's Lockout Of Referees Is Lifted.
No More Replacement Referees To Be Used.
Veteran referee Ed Fitzgerald (center) lends a hand at the club.
Nuggets guard Chauncey Billups and referee Bill Spooner talk things over during last season's Western Conference finals.
Titans, Texans content to wait on resolution to NFL's dispute with referees.
Rafati, who is of Iranian origin, has been a Bundesliga referee for six years, ironically his first match having also been between Cologne and Mainz, and he has officiated 84 top-flight German league games.
The sort you'd see the referee dropping on the field at any football game.
Former NFL Referee Tunney embarrassed by replacement referees.

In science:

Remark: One referee suggested an alternative to Lemma 3, which has worse constants but a much shorter proof.
On the critical exponents of random k-SAT
Dietrich and the referees for suggesting improvements of the presentation.
Cross-over between first-order and critical wetting at the liquid-vapour interface of n-alkane/methanol mixtures: tricritical wetting and critical prewetting
Walter for discussions and the referees for helpful suggestions.
Inverting a Supernova: Neutrino Mixing, Temperatures and Binding Energy
We would also like to thank the referee for some helpful suggestions.
Quantum Hidden Subgroup Problems: A Mathematical Perspective
Tiraboschi for many conversations, and the referee for some interesting remarks and suggestions.
On simple real Lie bialgebras