Official in a sporting event. In baseball they are called umpires. In football, only one official is known as the referee, but in soccer, basketball and hockey they are simply called referees or refs.
Ref`er*ee" (-), n.
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.
Syn. -- Judge; arbitrator; umpire. See Judge.
© Webster 1913.
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