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

Origin of pallbearer

First recorded in 1700–10; pall1 + bearer Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for pallbearer

pallbearer, wailer, griever, weeper, keener

Examples from the Web for pallbearer

Contemporary Examples of pallbearer

  • Castro actually flew up to Montreal to be a pallbearer at the 2000 funeral of a beloved Canadian Prime Minister, Pierre Trudeau.

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Historical Examples of pallbearer

British Dictionary definitions for pallbearer



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

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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