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noun British.
  1. an official who carries the sword of state on ceremonial occasions, as before the sovereign, a magistrate, or the like.
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Origin of sword-bearer

First recorded in 1400–50, sword-bearer is from the late Middle English word swerd berer. See sword, bearer
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Historical Examples of sword-bearer

  • Withdrawing the knife, the sword-bearer then killed himself.

    Uncle Sam's Boys in the Philippines

    H. Irving Hancock

  • Who was to be the sword-bearer and float over the court like the destroying angel?

    The Countess of Charny

    Alexandre Dumas (pere)

  • The Sword-Bearer's low voice seemed a hiss between his teeth.

    The Vinland Champions

    Ottilie A. Liljencrantz

  • The Sword-Bearer shook his head as he pulled away from the other's ringed hand.

    The Vinland Champions

    Ottilie A. Liljencrantz

  • "And I chose justice," the Sword-Bearer reminded him grimly.

    The Vinland Champions

    Ottilie A. Liljencrantz