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sword-bearer

[sawrd-bair-er] /ˈsɔrdˌbɛər ər/
noun, British.
1.
an official who carries the sword of state on ceremonial occasions, as before the sovereign, a magistrate, or the like.
Origin of sword-bearer
late Middle English
1400-1450
First recorded in 1400-50, sword-bearer is from the late Middle English word swerd berer. See sword, bearer
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  • Withdrawing the knife, the sword-bearer then killed himself.

  • Who was to be the sword-bearer and float over the court like the destroying angel?

    The Countess of Charny Alexandre Dumas (pere)
  • The sword-bearer's low voice seemed a hiss between his teeth.

    The Vinland Champions Ottilie A. Liljencrantz
  • "And I chose justice," the sword-bearer reminded him grimly.

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  • The sword-bearer shook his head as he pulled away from the other's ringed hand.

    The Vinland Champions Ottilie A. Liljencrantz
  • The sword-bearer leaned back on his bale of fur with a long-drawn yawn.

    The Vinland Champions Ottilie A. Liljencrantz
  • Rising from his knee, the young sword-bearer faced him without fear.

    The Vinland Champions Ottilie A. Liljencrantz
  • And gazing at them, he seemed to forget the sword-bearer in a new problem.

    The Vinland Champions Ottilie A. Liljencrantz
  • "You will find it sport when you do," the sword-bearer assured them.

    The Vinland Champions Ottilie A. Liljencrantz
  • For some years he had accompanied the diestro on all his travels as sword-bearer.

    The Blood of the Arena Vicente Blasco Ibez

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