• Verger
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n verger a church officer who takes care of the interior of the building and acts as an attendant (carries the verge) during ceremonies
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Verger A garden or orchard.
    • n Verger One who carries a verge, or emblem of office.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n verger One who carries a verge, or staff of office. Especially— An officer who bears the verge, or staff of office, before a bishop, dean, canon, or other dignitary or ecclesiastic. An officer of a similar title precedes the vice-chancellor on special occasions in the English universities.
    • n verger An oilicial who takes care of the interior of a church, exhibits it to visitors, and assigns seats to worshipers.
    • n verger An inclosure; specifically, an orchard.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Verger one who carries a verge or emblem of authority: the beadle of a cathedral church: a pew-opener or attendant in church
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. verger, from verge, a rod. See 1st Verge
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. virga, a slender branch.


In literature:

But as she did so she paused and said something to the verger, who was in the aisle.
"A Modern Tomboy" by L. T. Meade
Are you the verger's wife?
"The Carved Cupboard" by Amy Le Feuvre
This fee is payable at the verger's desk at the entrance to the north transept.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Abbey Church of Tewkesbury" by H. J. L. J. Massé
You will therefore find the cathedral closed to you until the vergers have dined.
"From a Terrace in Prague" by Lieut.-Col. B. Granville Baker
The vergers in our great cathedrals have a dignified stride.
"My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year" by John Henry Jowett
There is always some discordant civility, or jarring vergerism about them.
"The Crown of Wild Olive" by John Ruskin
Well, our friends of the "enclosed gardens" still take him for a Verger.
"Visions and Revisions" by John Cowper Powys
Mrs. Crowley was given away by her solicitor, and the verger signed the book.
"The Explorer" by W. Somerset Maugham
The verger was told that the steeple had fallen.
"Highways and Byways in Surrey" by Eric Parker
The verger made a row about it.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
Then the three children waited, and listened, hoping to hear the verger's footsteps approaching the door.
"Poppy's Presents" by Mrs O. F. Walton
Some vergers, however, recognized the great worth of these books and preserved them with care.
"John and Betty's History Visit" by Margaret Williamson
New verger on the job!
"'Charge It'" by Irving Bacheller
But he had asked after the Dean at the hotel, and had told the verger of his acquaintance, and had been seen by many in the town.
"Is He Popenjoy?" by Anthony Trollope
We light our candles and follow the verger down the stone steps.
"The Strand Magazine, Volume V, Issue 25, January 1893" by Various
There is always some discordant civility, or jarring vergerism about them.
"The Elements of Drawing" by John Ruskin
The church was still full of excited spectators whom the vergers were endeavouring to get rid of.
"A Country Gentleman and his Family" by Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
Good-night, and here's the verger's health!
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 23 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Miles, the venerable verger.
"A Week's Tramp in Dickens-Land" by William R. Hughes
In 1847 the mere twopences paid to see the forty monuments produced the four vergers the sum of L430 3s.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury

In poetry:

Que fais tu bergere dans ce beau verger
Tu ne songe gueres a me soulager?
Tu connois ma flamme, tu vois ma langueur,
Prens belle inhumaine pitie de mon coeur.
"Chanson. - And Imitation" by Matthew Prior
Stern bells annoy the rooks and doves at ten.
I watch the verger close the doors, and when
I hear the organ moan the first amen,
Sing my religion's-same as pigeons'.
"The Calls [unfinished]" by Wilfred Owen

In news:

Video by Jennifer Laski, Raphael Laski, Fabien Constant, Pablo Teyssier-Verger, Matthieu Moille.
Video by Jennifer Laski, Raphael Laski, Fabien Constant, Pablo Teyssier-Verger.
State Senator Verger introduced a bill (SB 432) to allow shipbreaking in Oregon only in a graving dock or a floating drydock.
House co-speaker seeks to replace Verger in Senate.
In his search for an authentic state of being, Pierre Verger spent most of his life traveling in the Southern Hemisphere, mainly on a northeastern Brazil-West Africa trajectory.