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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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Examples from the Web for swordbearer

Historical Examples

  • In some parts of the country a swordbearer accompanied the Morris-men.

    The Morris Book

    Cecil J. Sharp

  • My swordbearer got the paste, and now may the writing stick there as an honorable memento till the end of the world.

  • Our first visit was to Madame Humiecka, wife of the swordbearer to the crown; this lady is my aunt.

British Dictionary definitions for swordbearer


  1. an official who carries a ceremonial sword
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