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hearse

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noun \ˈhərs\

Simple Definition of hearse

  • : a large car that is used for carrying a coffin to a grave

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of hearse

  1. 1 a :  an elaborate framework erected over a coffin or tomb to which memorial verses or epitaphs are attached b :  a triangular candelabra for 15 candles used especially at Tenebrae

  2. 2 a archaic :  coffin b obsolete :  bier 2

  3. 3 :  a vehicle for conveying the dead to the grave

Did You Know?

Medieval French used the word herce for a harrow, a farm tool used to break up and smooth the soil. Herce was also applied to a triangular frame that was used for holding candles. Herce was borrowed into Middle English as herse. In those days, a large and decorative framework might be raised over the tomb or coffin of an honored person. Because this framework was often decorated with candles, the word herse was applied to it. A series of slightly changed meanings led to the use of herse (Modern English hearse) for a platform for a corpse or coffin, and from that to a vehicle to carry the dead. The verb hearse emerged late in the 16th century.

Origin and Etymology of hearse

Middle English herse, from Anglo-French herce harrow, frame for holding candles, from Latin hirpic-, hirpex harrow


First Known Use: 14th century

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hearse

verb

Definition of hearse

hearsed

hearsing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a archaic :  to place on or in a hearse b :  to convey in a hearse

  3. 2 :  bury



Examples of hearse in a sentence

  1. <the cemetery hearses an average of eight bodies a week>



1592

First Known Use of hearse

1592


HEARSE Defined for Kids

hearse

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noun \ˈhərs\

Definition of hearse for Students

  1. :  a vehicle for carrying a dead person to the grave





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