bear·​er | \ˈber-ər \

Definition of bearer 

: one that bears: such as

a : porter sense 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 in a Sentence

the bearer of a U.S. passport The check was marked “payable to bearer.”

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Indeed, the Workers’ Party, which governed from 2003 to 2016, never fully admitted mistakes or looked beyond da Silva, whom Brazilians call Lula, as its standard-bearer. Peter Prengaman, The Seattle Times, "A rise from marginal lawmaker to presidential front-runner," 27 Oct. 2018 For years, Republicans expected their standard bearer would be Susan Haynie. Anthony Man,, "Last-minute candidate dropout means Republican-held Palm Beach County Commission seat may go Democratic," 22 June 2018 Batiste is proving himself to be a standard bearer of a new generation of New Orleans musicians. Todd A. Price,, "Jon Batiste and the Dap-Kings electrify New Orleans' musical canon at Jazz Fest," 30 Apr. 2018 Shanghai Tang Founded in Hong Kong in 1994 by the late Sir David Tang, Shanghai Tang remains the standard bearer of modern Chinese luxury. Janice Leung Hayes, Condé Nast Traveler, "22 Best Shops in Hong Kong," 4 Mar. 2018 Also in attendance were the Barbara's mother, former first lady Laura Bush, her brother-in-law Henry Chase Hager, and her nieces, who served as flower girl and ring-bearer. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Barbara Bush Wore a Simply Stunning Wedding Dress by Vera Wang," 8 Oct. 2018 Martin wrote that Owen, who was the ring bearer in her wedding, has been living with friends and working to support himself since the split, according to the GoFundMe. Fox News, "College fund grows for gay teen who clashed with parents," 3 Aug. 2018 By the Civil War, soldiers were jostling to bear their side’s respective flag on the battlefield, even though flag-bearers were often the first ones shot, according to Alexander. Doug Struck, The Christian Science Monitor, "As Americans celebrate Independence Day, what does it mean to be a patriot?," 2 July 2018 Flower girls wear smocked dresses, and ring bearers don button-up bobby suits. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, "What Does It Really Mean To Have Southern Taste?," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of bearer

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of bearer

: a person who bears or carries something

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


bear·​er | \ˈber-ər \

Kids Definition of bearer

1 : someone or something that bears, supports, or carries She was the bearer of bad news.

2 : a person who has a check or an order for payment


bear·​er | \ˈbar-ər \

Legal Definition of bearer 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a person holding a check, draft, or other negotiable instrument for payment especially marked payable to bearer or having a blank endorsement



Legal Definition of bearer (Entry 2 of 2)

: freely transferable by the holder with or without endorsement and with full title passing by delivery to the transferee: as

a : not having a registered owner

b : not designating a specific payee a bearer instrument bearer checks — compare order

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