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1. One to whose decision a cause is referred; a referee.

2. An officer who delivered the royal answer to petitions. Referendaries, or masters of request.

3. Formerly, an officer of state charged with the duty of procuring and dispatching diplomas and decrees.

Origin: LL. Referendarius, fr. L. Referendus to be referred, gerundive of referre: cf. F. Referendaire. See Refer.