bearer


bearer

noun

  1. a person or thing that carries, upholds, or brings: dozens of bearers on the safari.
  2. the person who presents an order for money or goods: Pay to the bearer.
  3. a tree or plant that yields fruit or flowers.
  4. the holder of rank or office; incumbent.
  5. pallbearer.
  6. (especially in India) a native boy or man employed as a personal or household servant.
  7. Printing.
    1. furniture(def 4).
    2. one of several strips of metal fitted at the sides of a plate for support during inking and proving.
  8. a joistlike member supporting the floorboards of a scaffold.
  9. Furniture. bearing rail.

noun

  1. a person or thing that bears, presents, or upholds
  2. a person who presents a note or bill for payment
  3. (formerly, in Africa, India, etc)
    1. a native carrier, esp on an expedition
    2. a native servant
  4. See pallbearer
  5. the holder of a rank, position, office, etc
  6. (modifier) finance payable to the person in possessionbearer bonds
n.

Old English -berere (in water-berere), agent noun from bear (v.). Meaning “one who helps carry a corpse to the grave” is from 1630s.

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