noun \ˈbir\

: a table or platform on which a coffin or dead body is placed at a funeral

Full Definition of BIER

archaic :  a framework for carrying
:  a stand on which a corpse or coffin is placed; also :  a coffin together with its stand

Examples of BIER

  1. <lifted the bier from its stand and placed it in the hearse for its final journey>

Origin of BIER

Middle English bere, from Old English ̄r; akin to Old English beran to carry — more at bear
First Known Use: before 12th century

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