verg·​er | \ ˈvər-jər How to pronounce verger (audio) \

Definition of verger

1 chiefly British : an attendant that carries a verge (as before a bishop or justice)
2 : a church official who keeps order during services or serves as an usher or a sacristan

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Recent Examples on the Web His real title is church verger, an office that dates to the earliest days of the Church of England. Thomas Farragher,, "‘He’s the glue who holds it all together’," 24 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of verger

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for verger

Middle English verger, vyrger, borrowed from Anglo-French verger, from verge verge entry 1 + -er -er entry 2

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“Verger.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of verger

chiefly British : someone who performs simple duties during church services

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