Definition of referendum in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌrɛfəˈrɛndəm/

noun (plural referendums or referenda /ˌrɛfəˈrɛndə/)

A general vote by the electorate on a single political question which has been referred to them for a direct decision.
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.
public vote, plebiscite, popular vote, ballot, poll


Mid 19th century: from Latin, gerund ( 'referring') or neuter gerundive ( 'something to be brought back or referred') of referre (see refer).

Words that rhyme with referendum

addendum, corrigendum

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