1. a person whose case has been referred to a specialist or professional group

- the patient is a referral from Dr. Bones

Definition categories: person, case

2. a recommendation to consult the (professional) person or group to whom one has been referred

- the insurance company says that you need a written referral from your physician before seeing a specialist

Definition categories: communication, recommendation

3. the act of referring (as forwarding an applicant for employment or referring a matter to an appropriate agency)

Definition categories: act, forwarding

Sentences with referral as a noun:

- The insurance company insists I get a referral from my regular doctor, I can't just go to the specialist, a GP has got to refer me.

- After misbehaving in class, George was given a referral for disrupting class and sent to the office.