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From English referrer.


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referer (plural referers)

  1. Misspelling of referrer.
  2. (Internet) the referring page; the URL that referred to a given page.
    • 1996, T. Berners-Lee, R. Fielding, H. Frystyk, Hypertext Transfer Protocol -- HTTP/1.0
      The Referer field must not be sent if the Request-URI was obtained from a source that does not have its own URI, such as input from the user keyboard.
    • 2001, Jennifer Niederst Robbins, Web Design in a Nutshell: A Desktop Quick Reference, page 278:
      If a referring URL was specified, for each valid referer, make sure that a valid referring URL was passed to FormMail
    • 2007, Ben Fry, Visualizing Data, page 253:
      The referer portion of a logfile line contains the full URL of the page or object visited before the current one.
    • 2007, Tiara Yule, The Illustrated Dictionary of Internet, page 74:
      The referer information can also be accessed as document.referrer within JavaScript.

Usage notesEdit

Referer is the field name used in the HTTP protocol (RFC1945 and RFC2616). Originally a misspelling, it has gained currency from its use there and in related documents and software.


Norwegian BokmålEdit



  1. imperative of referere

Norwegian NynorskEdit



  1. imperative of referera

Old FrenchEdit



  1. to tell; to talk about; to speak of
    • Capitolin refere que Zenobie ne vouloit qu'on luy touchast (G. Bouchet)


This verb conjugates as a first-group verb ending in -er. Old French conjugation varies significantly by date and by region. The following conjugation should be treated as a guide.


  • English: refer