noun bear·er \ˈber-ər\

: a person who bears or carries something

finance : a person who has a check or order for payment

Full Definition of BEARER

:  one that bears: as
a :  porter 1
b :  a plant yielding fruit
c :  pallbearer
d :  one holding a check, draft, bond, or other order for payment especially if marked payable to bearer —often used attributively <bearer bonds>

Examples of BEARER

  1. the bearer of a U.S. passport
  2. The check was marked payable to bearer.

First Known Use of BEARER

13th century

Rhymes with BEARER

BEARER Defined for Kids


noun bear·er \ˈber-ər\

Definition of BEARER for Kids

:  someone or something that bears, supports, or carries <She was the bearer of bad news.>
:  a person who has a check or an order for payment
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