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bearer

[bair-er] /ˈbɛər ər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that carries, upholds, or brings:
dozens of bearers on the safari.
2.
the person who presents an order for money or goods:
Pay to the bearer.
3.
a tree or plant that yields fruit or flowers.
4.
the holder of rank or office; incumbent.
6.
(especially in India) a native boy or man employed as a personal or household servant.
7.
Printing.
  1. furniture (def 4).
  2. one of several strips of metal fitted at the sides of a plate for support during inking and proving.
8.
a joistlike member supporting the floorboards of a scaffold.
9.
Furniture. bearing rail.
Origin of bearer
1250-1300
First recorded in 1250-1300, bearer is from the Middle English word berere. See bear1, -er1
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  • The bearer, if suspected and examined, is to produce that as the only one he carries.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • "I am the bearer of bad news, gentlemen," he said, addressing them both.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • Some victories are only to be won with arms that hurt the bearer.

    Roden's Corner Henry Seton Merriman
  • I immediately determined to follow the bearer of this letter.

  • The bearer of this gift is entitled to claim any boon from Isabella.

    Gomez Arias Joaqun Telesforo de Trueba y Coso
British Dictionary definitions for bearer

bearer

/ˈbɛərə/
noun
1.
a person or thing that bears, presents, or upholds
2.
a person who presents a note or bill for payment
3.
(formerly, in Africa, India, etc)
  1. a native carrier, esp on an expedition
  2. a native servant
4.
5.
the holder of a rank, position, office, etc
6.
(modifier) (finance) payable to the person in possession: bearer bonds
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Word Origin and History for bearer
n.

Old English -berere (in water-berere), agent noun from bear (v.). Meaning "one who helps carry a corpse to the grave" is from 1630s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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