Ref`er*en"da*ry\ (r?f`?r*?n"d?*r?), n. [LL. referendarius, fr. L. referendus to be referred, gerundive of referre: cf. F. r['e]f['e]rendaire. See Refer.]

1. One to whose decision a cause is referred; a referee. [Obs.] --Bacon.

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

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