noun Etymology: 2pall Date: 1707 a person who helps to carry the coffin at a funeral; also a member of the escort or honor guard of the coffin who does not actually help to carry it

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  • pallbearer — pall bear*er (p[add]l b[^a]r*[ e]r), n. One of those who attend the coffin at a funeral; so called from the pall being formerly carried by them. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pallbearer — (n.) 1707, from PALL (Cf. pall) (n.) + agent noun of BEAR (Cf. bear) (v.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • pallbearer — [pôl′ber΄ər] n. [ PALL2 + BEARER: formerly, one who held the edges of the pall] one of the persons who attend or bear the coffin at a funeral …   English World dictionary

  • Pallbearer — A pallbearer is one of several funeral participants who helps carry the casket of a deceased person from a religious or memorial service or viewing either directly to a cemetery or mausoleum, or to and from the hearse which does so. A pall is the …   Wikipedia

  • pallbearer — UK [ˈpɔːlˌbeərə(r)] / US [ˈpɔlˌberər] noun [countable] Word forms pallbearer : singular pallbearer plural pallbearers someone who helps to carry a coffin at a funeral …   English dictionary

  • pallbearer — [[t]pɔ͟ːlbeərə(r)[/t]] pallbearers N COUNT At a funeral, a pallbearer is a person who helps to carry the coffin or who walks beside it …   English dictionary

  • pallbearer — /pawl bair euhr/, n. one of several persons who carry or attend the coffin at a funeral. [1700 10; PALL1 + BEARER] * * * …   Universalium

  • pallbearer — noun a) One who carries a corner of the pall over a coffin or casket. b) One called upon to carry or bear the casket at a funeral …   Wiktionary

  • pallbearer — pall|bear|er [ˈpo:lˌbeərə US ˈpo:lˌberər] n someone who helps to carry a ↑coffin at a funeral …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • pallbearer — pall|bear|er [ pɔl,berər ] noun count someone who helps to carry a COFFIN at a funeral …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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