[ hurs ]
/ hɜrs /


a vehicle for conveying a dead person to the place of burial.
a triangular frame for holding candles, used at the service of Tenebrae in Holy Week.
a canopy erected over a tomb.

Origin of hearse

1250–1300; Middle English herse < Middle French herce a harrow < Latin hirpicem, accusative of hirpex

Related forms

hearse·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for hearse


/ (hɜːs) /


a vehicle, such as a specially designed car or carriage, used to carry a coffin to a place of worship and ultimately to a cemetery or crematorium

Word Origin for hearse

C14: from Old French herce, from Latin hirpex harrow
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