A “referee” is a sports official who administers a game; the term is neither masculine nor feminine. Few referees in professional sports are women. “Referette” (a female referee) has been cited in print since at least 2007.
In 2012, the National Football League had a labor dispute with its a referees and a woman referee was hired. One blogger wrote, “What are we supposed to call her—a referette? A refershee?”
ref·er·ee noun \ˌre-fə-ˈrē\
Definition of REFEREE
2: a sports official usually having final authority in administering a game
07-23-2007, 11:33 PM
Re: AB’s backline won’t win the World Cup
The only way the Boks can win is if the referees/referettes ignore foul play,especially at breakdown as that is where the Boks stall the rythym of attacking sides like the All Blacks.
El Campo De Petworth
THURSDAY, JULY 1, 2010
Crooks Steal Silver in Dupont
The Crooks played exceptionally well that afternoon even though the referette could care less about the game behind her.
08-10-2012 03:30 AM
Re: Random thoughts
What are we supposed to call her—a referette? A refershee?
Is a female referee a ‘referette’?
National Manning League: Week One
September 10, 2012
RUSH: Look. I was not making fun of the NFL referette, Shannon Easton.
New York City • Sports/Games • (2) Comments • Monday, September 10, 2012 • Permalink
Another word that I can add on my vocabulary. The most common official to administer a game is a male that is why when a female administers it, the term referee would be use disregarding the gender.
How could any of this be betetr stated? It couldn’t.