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

First recorded in 1700–10; pall1 + bearer
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Related Words for pallbearer

pallbearer, wailer, griever, weeper, keener

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British Dictionary definitions for pallbearer


  1. 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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