- 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.
referent definition by Webster's New World
- something referred to
- Linguis. the object, concept, event, etc. referred to by a term or expression
Origin: ; from Classical Latin referens, present participle
referent definition by American Heritage Dictionary