pallbearer

[ pawl-bair-er ]
/ ˈpɔlˌbɛər ər /

noun

one of several persons who carry or attend the coffin at a funeral.

RELATED WORDS


Nearby words

  1. palladous,
  2. pallae,
  3. pallanesthesia,
  4. pallas,
  5. pallas athena,
  6. pallescent,
  7. pallesthesia,
  8. pallet,
  9. pallet knife,
  10. pallet truck

Origin of pallbearer

First recorded in 1700–10; pall1 + bearer

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British Dictionary definitions for pallbearer

pallbearer

/ (ˈpɔːlˌbɛərə) /

noun

a person who carries or escorts the coffin at a funeral
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Word Origin and History for pallbearer

pallbearer

n.

also pall-bearer, 1707, from pall (n.) + agent noun of bear (v.). Originally one who holds the corners of the pall at a funeral.

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