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or verderor

[vur-der-er] /ˈvɜr dər ər/
an English judicial officer in the royal forests having charge especially of the vert, or trees and undergrowth.
Origin of verderer
1535-45; < Anglo-French verderer, Old French verd(i)er < Latin viridārius, equivalent to virid(is) green + -ārius -ary (see -er2); doubling of -er in Anglo-French perhaps by falsely taking verder as a form of verdure verdure
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verderership, noun Unabridged
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  • The verderer was a judicial officer chosen in full county by the freeholders in the same manner as the coroner.

  • Jacob Armitage served King Charles, who employed him as a verderer in the forest, and paid him his wages.

  • The verderer appeared very indignant at this reply, but after a time said, “Be it so.”

  • Windybank, as a verderer, should have remembered this, but weightier matters had driven it from his mind.

    Sea-Dogs All! Tom Bevan
  • In my own words you certainly would: and so I propose to relate it just as the verderer told it to me.

    News from the Duchy Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
British Dictionary definitions for verderer


(English legal history) a judicial officer responsible for the maintenance of law and order in the royal forests
Word Origin
C16: from Anglo-French, from Old French verdier, from verd green, from Latin viridis; compare Latin viridārium plantation of trees
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