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See also: Bearer
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈbɛəɹə/
Audio (Berkshire) (file)
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈbɛɹɚ/
- Rhymes: -ɛəɹə(ɹ)
- Hyphenation: bear‧er
bearer (plural bearers)
- One who, or that which, bears, sustains, or carries.
- Someone who helps carry the coffin or a dead body during a funeral procession.
- Synonym: pallbearer
- 1645, John Milton, “Another on the same” in Poems of Mr. John Milton, both English and Latin, London: Humphrey Moseley, p. 29,
- Nay, quoth he, on his swooning bed outstretch’d,
- If I may not carry, sure Ile ne’re be fetch’d,
- But vow though the cross Doctors all stood hearers,
- For one Carrier put down to make six bearers.
- 1838, Boz [pseudonym; Charles Dickens], Oliver Twist; or, The Parish Boy’s Progress. […], volume (please specify |volume=I, II, or III), London: Richard Bentley, […], OCLC 558204586:
- […] the bare coffin having been screwed down, was hoisted on the shoulders of the bearers, and carried into the street.
- 1934, Dorothy L. Sayers, The Nine Tailors, London: Victor Gollancz, 1975, “A Full Peal of Grandsire Triples”, Part 3,
- The deep shadows of the porch swallowed up priest, corpse and bearers […]
- One who possesses a cheque, bond, or other notes promising payment.
- I promise to pay the bearer on demand.
- A person employed or engaged to carry equipment on a safari, expedition, etc.
- A person employed to carry a palanquin or litter.
- 1886 October – 1887 January, H[enry] Rider Haggard, She: A History of Adventure, London: Longmans, Green, and Co., published 1887, OCLC 1167497017:
- Within an hour of our finally deciding to start five litters were brought up to the door of the cave, each accompanied by four regular bearers and two spare hands, also a band of about fifty armed Amahagger, who were to form the escort and carry the baggage.
- (India, dated) A domestic servant in charge of household goods and clothing; a valet.
- Synonym: dressing-boy
- 1888, Rudyard Kipling, ‘Watches of the Night’, Plain Tales from the Hills, Folio 2005, p. 60:
- The bar of the watch-guard worked through the buttonhole, and the watch—Platte's watch—slid quietly on to the carpet; where the bearer found it next morning and kept it.
- (India) A waiter in a hotel or restaurant.
- A tree or plant yielding fruit.
- a good bearer
- (dated) Someone who delivers a letter or message on behalf of another (especially as referred to in the letter or message).
- c. 1599–1602 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act V, scene ii]:
- […] Wilt thou know
Th’ effect of what I wrote? […]
An earnest conjuration from the King,
As England was his faithful tributary, […]
That, on the view and knowing of these contents,
Without debatement further, more or less,
He should the bearers put to sudden death,
- 1784, Samuel Johnson, letter cited in James Boswell, The Life of Samuel Johnson, London: Charles Dilly, Volume 2, p. 487,
- Sir, The bearer is my godson, whom I take the liberty of recommending to your kindness […]
- 1817 December 31 (indicated as 1818), [Walter Scott], Rob Roy. […], volume (please specify |volume=I, II, or III), Edinburgh: […] James Ballantyne and Co. for Archibald Constable and Co. […]; London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, OCLC 82790126:
- P. S.—If you’d send your pipes by the bearer […] I would put them in order, and play some melancholy tunes,
- 1886 May – 1887 April, Thomas Hardy, The Woodlanders […], volume (please specify |volume=I to III), London; New York, N.Y.: Macmillan and Co., published 1887, OCLC 17926498:
- The message was brought, and Winterborne sent the bearer back to say that he begged the lady’s pardon, but that he could not do as she requested;
- 1905, Upton Sinclair, chapter XXV, in The Jungle, New York, N.Y.: Doubleday, Page & Company, published 26 February 1906, OCLC 1150866071:
- […] he gave him a note to Mr. Harmon, one of the head managers of Durham’s—
“The bearer, Jurgis Rudkus, is a particular friend of mine, and I would like you to find him a good place […]
- (printing) A strip of reglet or other furniture to bear off the impression from a blank page.
- (printing) A type or type-high piece of metal interspersed in blank parts to support the plate when it is shaved.
- arms bearer
- bearer bond
- Bearer English
- bearer of bad news
- boat bearer
- cross bearer
- cup bearer
- flag bearer
- tale bearer
one who bears
someone who helps carry the coffin
possessor of a cheque, bond, etc.