sword-bearer

[sawrd-bair-er]
noun British.
  1. an official who carries the sword of state on ceremonial occasions, as before the sovereign, a magistrate, or the like.

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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swordbearer

noun
  1. an official who carries a ceremonial sword
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