from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One of the persons carrying or attending a coffin at a funeral.

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  • n. One who carries a corner of the pall over a coffin or casket.
  • n. One called upon to carry or bear the casket at a funeral.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of those who attend the coffin at a funeral; -- so called from the pall being formerly carried by them.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who with others attends the coffin at a funeral: so called from the old custom of holding the corners and edges of the pall as the coffin was carried, whether on a vehicle or by men.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. one of the mourners carrying the coffin at a funeral


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From pall + bearer



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