bear·​er | \ ˈber-ər How to pronounce bearer (audio) \

Definition of bearer

: one that bears: such as
b : a plant yielding fruit
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.”
Recent Examples on the Web The most obvious answer is the optics: When propagandists in Beijing describe democracy as a Western ideal unsuited to non-Western peoples, having a standard-bearer from the formerly colonized rather than the former colonizers is vital. Jonah Blank, The Atlantic, 10 June 2021 Many Republicans would certainly be happy with a more disciplined and palatable party standard-bearer. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 31 May 2021 Ryan, in the days before Trumpism, was once seen as the future of his party, an intellectual but avuncular conservative and policy standard bearer for Reagan's principles of small government, low taxes and opposition to liberalism. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 28 May 2021 Sad things have happened to me and marvelous, amazing things, like being a train bearer at Queen Elizabeth’s coronation. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, 18 May 2021 The latest issue centers on a part that few riders will ever see, called a side bearer pad., 16 May 2021 The degree to which Fields will want to be a spokesman or a standard-bearer like the actor Fox has been for Parkinson’s disease is unknown. Steve Johnson,, 14 May 2021 Hilton enlisted with the 4th Regiment United States Colored Troops in 1863, and was made a color bearer in 1864, tasked with carrying the national flag into battle. James Whitlow,, 14 May 2021 Twain’s frame-narrative, itself, makes 1601 a metaphorical NFT by enclosing the otherwise reproducible content, the scatological humor, in the form of the cup-bearer’s diary. Matthew Carey Salyer, Forbes, 13 May 2021

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First Known Use of bearer

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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15 Jun 2021

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“Bearer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce bearer (audio) \

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 How to pronounce bearer (audio) \

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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