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pall +‎ bearer


pallbearer (plural pallbearers)

  1. (archaic) One who carries a corner of the pall over a coffin or casket.
  2. One called upon to carry or bear the casket at a funeral.
    • 1980, Stephen King, The Wedding Gig:
      It took ten pallbearers to carry her coffin.
    • 2022 May 16, Elizabeth Tsurkov, “Israel knows it will get away with the attack on Shireen Abu Aqleh’s funeral”, in The Guardian[1]:
      They are likely displeased with the viral videos showing policemen attempting to tear the Palestinian flags from Abu Aqleh’s coffin while beating pallbearers with clubs, causing her coffin to almost fall to the ground.