- a frame or stand on which a corpse or the coffin containing it is laid before burial.
- such a stand together with the corpse or coffin.
Origin of bier
Examples from the Web for bier
So they laid her on a bier, and all seven of them sat down beside it and wept and wept for three whole days.In New Brothers Grimm 'Snow White', The Prince Doesn't Save Her
The Brothers Grimm
November 30, 2014
Then, one at the head and the other at the feet, they brought the body out, and laid it on the bier.Heather and Snow
And it seemed as if a devil whispered to him: 'A solitary couch is itself a bier.Father Sergius
One very heavy Indian, who was sick, was carried upon a bier.King Philip</p>
John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
Half a league from the city the bier was met by all the dignitaries of the place.
Tom Brandon and five other young men were to carry the bier.Daughters of the Revolution and Their Times
Charles Carleton Coffin
- a platform or stand on which a corpse or a coffin containing a corpse rests before burial
Word Origin and History for bier
Old English bær (West Saxon), ber (Anglian) "handbarrow, litter, bed," from West Germanic *bero (cf. Old Saxon, Old High German bara, Old Frisian bere, Middle Dutch bare, Dutch baar, German Bahre "bier"), from PIE root *bher- (1) "to carry; to bear children," and thus related to the Old English verb beran "to bear" (see bear (v.)), making a bier etymologically anything used for carrying, only later limited to funerary sense. Since c.1600, spelling influenced by French bière, from Old French biere, from Frankish *bera, from the same Germanic root.