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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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  • "Put out the lights, Mateo," turning to the verger; and then without further ceremony led the way into the larger building.

    Glories of Spain Charles W. Wood
  • The verger scratched his head, and looked doubtfully at Henry Dunbar.

    Henry Dunbar M. E. Braddon
  • Old Gentleman (shocked beyond description) to verger: "Don't you think those youths had better be told to take their hats off?"

  • We light our candles and follow the verger down the stone steps.

  • The verger turned to look at him, and found him wiping the perspiration from his forehead with his perfumed silk handkerchief.

    Henry Dunbar M. E. Braddon
  • "Yes, sir; his Lordship is here every Sunday when he is at the palace," said the verger.

    Is He Popenjoy? Anthony Trollope
  • The verger prevented my chipping off a bit of the high altar as a memento the last time I was over.

    His Lordship's Leopard David Dwight Wells
  • But as she did so she paused and said something to the verger, who was in the aisle.

    A Modern Tomboy L. T. Meade
  • And was it not I who first took notice to you, Mr. Hill, verger as you are, of the hole under the foundation of the cathedral?

  • 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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