Etymology
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bearer (n.)

"one who carries or sustains" in any sense, Old English -berere (in water-berere), agent noun from bear (v.). Meaning "one who helps carry a corpse to the grave" is from 1630s. The usual Old English form was berend.

updated on April 25, 2017

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Definitions of bearer from WordNet

bearer (n.)
someone whose employment involves carrying something;
Synonyms: carrier / toter
bearer (n.)
a messenger who bears or presents;
a bearer of good tidings
bearer (n.)
one of the mourners carrying the coffin at a funeral;
Synonyms: pallbearer
bearer (n.)
the person who is in possession of a check or note or bond or document of title that is endorsed to him or to whoever holds it;
the bond was marked `payable to bearer'
Synonyms: holder
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