[ bair-er ]
/ ˈbɛər ər /


Nearby words

  1. beardmore glacier,
  2. beardsley,
  3. beardsley, aubrey vincent,
  4. beardtongue,
  5. beardy,
  6. bearer bond,
  7. bearing,
  8. bearing down,
  9. bearing pedestal,
  10. bearing pile

Origin of bearer

First recorded in 1250–1300, bearer is from the Middle English word berere. See bear1, -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bearer

British Dictionary definitions for bearer


/ (ˈbɛərə) /


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



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