from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A man serving as an official in charge of the royal forests of medieval England.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun In English forest law, a judicial officer in the royal forests, whose peculiar charge was to take care of the vert—that is, the trees and underwood of the forest—and to keep the assizes, as well as to view, receive, and enroll attachments and presentments of all manner of trespasses.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Eng. Forest Law) An officer who has the charge of the king's forest, to preserve the vert and venison, keep the assizes, view, receive, and enroll attachments and presentments of all manner of trespasses.
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
A verderer was a royal servant paid to enforce the forest laws.
For instance, if Gurth, the swineherd, who was now promoted to be a gamekeeper and verderer, brought the account of a famous wild-boar in the wood, and proposed a hunt, Rowena would say,
Never again would she let someone get behind her the way the verderer had last night, when he pushed her into the shed.
She guessed that the verderer had put the water butt up against it.
They had not seen a village since morning, and the verderer had said they would not see one all day tomorrow.
They followed the path to the clearing where they had met the verderer.
However, it was not the verderer who came in but his small brown wife; and although her face was as set and closed as it had been last night, she was carrying a hunk of bread and two cups.
Was the man really a verderer, or was he an outlaw?
The verderer came over and said: “Give me the reins.”
Aliena was about to speak to her sharply when the verderer came in.