noun (plural referendums or referenda /-də/)
- A general vote by the electorate on a single political question that has been referred to them for a direct decision.More example sentences
- He could also claim a legitimacy built on a succession of victories in irreproachably clean popular votes in referendums and multi-party elections.
- The third option is to do nothing until an abortion referendum is held.
- There is speculation that Britain will hold a national referendum on the issue sometime in 2003.
mid 19th century: from Latin, gerund ( 'referring'), or neuter gerundive ( 'something to be brought back or referred') of referre (see refer).