- The definition of a referent is the thing to which something else refers.
When someone says"that book,"referring to a well-known and reviled popular book, the well-known and reviled book that is referred to is an example of the referent.
- something referred to
- Linguis. the object, concept, event, etc. referred to by a term or expression
Origin of referent; from Classical Latin referens, present participle
A person or thing to which a linguistic expression refers.
- (semantics) The specific entity in the world that a word or phrase identifies or denotes.
- That which is referenced.