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 attributivelybearer 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 So even if the Jeep is in some way the standard-bearer for this class, the charge is now running well ahead of the colors. Kevin Smith, Car and Driver, "Seven 1990 SUVs Tested: Ford vs. GMC vs. Isuzu vs. Jeep vs. Mitsubishi vs. Nissan vs. Toyota," 22 June 2020 The process of reloading a muzzle loader, of course, meant one hired a gun bearer or two to stay at heel with backup guns loaded and ready. Ron Spomer, Outdoor Life, "The Most Iconic Rifles and Cartridges from African Safaris," 11 June 2020 There are lessons here for Joe Biden and American progressives as the former vice president prepares to become the Democratic Party’s standard-bearer in November. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "This Is a Good Moment to Hear Joe Biden’s Thoughts on Attorneys General," 5 June 2020 When this 1949 Tex-Mex standard-bearer came on the real estate market a few weeks ago, the regulars panicked, a staffer told me. Mike Sutter,, "5 San Antonio Mexican restaurants with great enchiladas to comfort you in these coronavirus times," 4 June 2020 The math has Biden 425 delegates shy of becoming the Democratic Party's next standard-bearer, with 474 up for grabs in the Tuesday round of voting. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Biden could command majority of Democratic delegates after coronavirus-delayed primaries," 1 June 2020 His son Gerrin, who tested positive for coronavirus in March, will be Moore’s best man while his dog Puddin will be the ring bearer. David J. Kim, The Courier-Journal, "Pandemic won't stop Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore's wedding Tuesday," 1 June 2020 Sorry to be the bearers of bad news, but not even oranges are safe from this psychological trickery. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "This Is Why Oranges Come in Red Mesh Bags," 26 May 2020 Their tie sets them up as the co-front-runners in the all-important delegate race and — for now — the standard-bearers of two distinct wings of the Democratic party. Ben Sills,, "Germany Shaken by an Extremist Surprise," 12 May 2020

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First Known Use of bearer

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Bearer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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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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