(French) verger, from verge a rod. See 1st Verge.
One who carries a verge, or emblem of office. Specifically: -- (a) An attendant upon a dignitary, as on a bishop, a dean, a justice, etc. [England] Strype. (b) The official who takes care of the interior of a church building.
A garden or orchard. (obsolete)
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French verger, from verge (“rod”).
verger (plural vergers) One who carries a verge, or emblem of office. (chiefly UK) A lay person who takes care of the interior of a church and acts as an attendant during services, where he or she carries the verge (or virge). An usher; in major ecclesiastical landmarks, a tour guide. In the United States, the office is generally combined with that of sexton. 1857, Charles Dickens, Little Dorrit, book 1, chapter 14 ‘We have often seen each other,’ said Little Dorrit, recognising the sexton, or the beadle, or the verger, or whatever he was, ‘when I have been at church here.’ (UK) An attendant upon a dignitary, such as a bishop or dean, a justice, etc. (Can we find and add a quotation of Strype to this entry?)
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