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 word dating back to 1425–75; see origin at verge1, -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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 for verger

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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