Definitions

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

  • n. An attendant who holds up the train of a robe or gown, as in a procession.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who holds up a train, as of a robe.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who holds up a train, as of a robe.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who holds up the train of a robe; especially, such a person appointed to attend on the sovereign or some high official on an occasion of ceremony.

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

  • n. one who holds up the train of a gown or robe on a ceremonial occasion

Etymologies

train +‎ bearer (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • A baron of the Empire, a man of two ends, as his name (Potelet, a post) implies, he is paying his court to the Faubourg Saint – Germain, after a youth gloriously and usefully spent as the agreeable trainbearer of a sister of the man whom decency forbids me to mention by name.

    A Distinguished Provincial at Paris

  • But it must be admitted of Dryden that he seldom makes the second verse of a couplet the mere trainbearer to the first, as Pope was continually doing.

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  • A baron of the Empire, a man of two ends, as his name (_Potelet_, a post) implies, he is paying his court to the Faubourg Saint-Germain, after a youth gloriously and usefully spent as the agreeable trainbearer of a sister of the man whom decency forbids me to mention by name.

    Lost Illusions

  • When he was 10, Jack was chosen to be the trainbearer for Archbishop Edward Hunkeler, who wore a cape with a long train when he celebrated Mass at the cathedral.

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  • “They’ve got such a hard-on for me,” he explains, “they” being the Justice Department, which he has long held is Satan’s trainbearer.

    FLY FISHING WITH DARTH VADER

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