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[vur-jer] /ˈvɜr dʒər/
Chiefly British. a church official who serves as sacristan, caretaker, usher, and general attendant.
British. an official who carries the verge or other symbol of office before a bishop, dean, or other dignitary.
Origin of verger
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English; see verge1, -er1 Unabridged
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  • It was the verger, who came to inform me that it was time to close the library.
British Dictionary definitions for verger


noun (mainly Church of England)
a church official who acts as caretaker and attendant, looking after the interior of a church and often the vestments and church furnishings
an official who carries the verge or rod of office before a bishop, dean, or other dignitary in ceremonies and processions
Word Origin
C15: from Old French, from verge, from Latin virga rod, twig
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Word Origin and History for verger

c.1400, probably from Anglo-French *verger, agent noun from verge (see verge (n.)).

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