bearer

noun bear·er \ ˈber-ər \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of bearer

:one that bears: such as
a :porter 1
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

  1. the bearer of a U.S. passport

  2. The check was marked “payable to bearer.”

Recent Examples of bearer from the Web

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First Known Use of bearer

13th century



BEARER Defined for English Language Learners

bearer

noun

Definition of bearer for English Language Learners

  • : a person who bears or carries something

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


BEARER Defined for Kids

bearer

noun bear·er \ ˈber-ər \

Definition of bearer for Students

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

Law Dictionary

1

bearer

noun bear·er \ ˈbar-ər \

legal Definition of bearer

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

2

bearer

adjective

legal Definition of bearer

: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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