reference etymology

English word reference comes from English refer, English -ence

Detailed word origin of reference

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
refer English (eng) (Can we add an example for this sense?) (grammar) to be referential to another element in a sentence. (computing) To address a specific location in computer memory.. (intransitive, construed with to) To allude to, make a reference or allusion to.. (transitive) To direct the attention of.. (transitive) To place in or under by a mental or rational process; to assign to, as a class, a cause, [...]
-ence English (eng) (non-productive) Same as -ance; having the state or condition of.
reference English (eng) To mention, to cite.. To refer to, to make reference to. (academic writing) A previously published written work thus indicated; a source.. (academic writing) A short written identification of a previously published work which is used as a source for a text.. (literary, or, archaic) A relationship or relation (to something).. (obsolete) Appeal.. (programming) An object containing information [...]

Words with the same origin as reference

Descendants of refer
Descendants of -ence
abhorrence abience abscondence absistence accedence componence despondence ebullient limerence quiescence recurrence renascence respondence resurgence self-reference supervenience transcendence transience