- 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.
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
c.1400, probably from Anglo-French *verger, agent noun from verge (see verge (n.)).