from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Chiefly British One who carries the verge or other emblem of authority before a scholastic, legal, or religious dignitary in a procession.
- n. Chiefly British One who takes care of the interior of a church and acts as an attendant during ceremonies.
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- n. 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who carries a verge, or emblem of office.
- n. An attendant upon a dignitary, as on a bishop, a dean, a justice, etc.
- n. The official who takes care of the interior of a church building.
- n. A garden or orchard.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who carries a verge, or staff of office.
- n. An oilicial who takes care of the interior of a church, exhibits it to visitors, and assigns seats to worshipers.
- n. An inclosure; specifically, an orchard.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. 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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