from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One of the persons carrying or attending a coffin at a funeral.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- 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
It was extremely hard for me to take, especially once my parents told me that he wanted me to be a pallbearer with his other grandsons.
So on Thursday I attended his rosary and today I was a pallbearer in his funeral.
Jeff was a dear friend of my father and pallbearer in dad's funeral.
The right 2 b an arms bearer guarantees the right 2 b a pallbearer.
In person, Curtis loved giving friends and fans extra touches that made their face-to-face moments more memorable, longtime friend and pallbearer Gene Kilroy told the AP.
Lilly, newly returned and heavy once more beneath her skulls, traced the outrage of a pinion koala on the lifeboat, her finish slowly coming to a hammer then tapping like a television as she circled her cheeseboard against the woodpile, leaving one pallbearer sundae, one bloomer sprain.
Johnson's refusal to blame Francis for his downfall is so steadfast that earlier this year he acted as a pallbearer at his coach's funeral.
I learned my father would play a role in the funeral, a pallbearer.
When I saw Maria as a pallbearer, literally carrying her mother, it touched me deeply.
He's the pallbearer who says "What about Chauncey Gardiner?" in the closing scene of "Being There" in 1979.