noun ref·er·ent \ˈre-f(ə-)rənt\

Definition of REFERENT

:  one that refers or is referred to; especially :  the thing that a symbol (as a word or sign) stands for
referent adjective

Origin of REFERENT

Latin referent-, referens, present participle of referre
First Known Use: 1844

Rhymes with REFERENT


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