One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A judicial officer of a royal forest.
- ‘Here he lived much of the rest of his life in semi-seclusion, though he was at times a member of parliament, a magistrate, and verderer of the New Forest.’
- ‘The Forest's designation as a National Park will not affect the rights of common, the New Forest Acts or the role of the verderers.’
- ‘Peter Frost, amenities verderer on the New Forest Court of Verderers, said: ‘I am absolutely delighted that this has been approved.’’
- ‘We are also contacting 71 stakeholder organisations, such as the tourism industry, the verderers and farmers' groups.’
- ‘The Forest's ten verderers, whose monthly court is held in public, have the power to block certain types of development.’
Mid 16th century: from Anglo-Norman French, based on Latin viridis ‘green’.
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