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verderer

or ver·de·ror

[vur-der-er]
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noun
  1. an English judicial officer in the royal forests having charge especially of the vert, or trees and undergrowth.
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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
Related formsver·der·er·ship, noun
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Examples from the Web for verderer

Historical Examples

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

    The Children of the New Forest

    Captain Marryat

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

  • The verderer was a judicial officer chosen in full county by the freeholders in the same manner as the coroner.

  • 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

verderer

noun
  1. English legal history a judicial officer responsible for the maintenance of law and order in the royal forests
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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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