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 Not to sound the alarm or be the bearer of bad news, but summer is slowly but surely coming to an end. Jasmine Washington, Seventeen, 9 Aug. 2022 Sorry to be the bearer of bad news here, but after all of the above clues? Andy Meek, BGR, 8 July 2022 The monarch passed the baton to Paralympian Kadeena Cox, who became the first baton bearer of the 294-day relay that took the baton on a 90,000-mile journey to all 72 nations and territories of the Commonwealth before arriving in Birmingham. Stephanie Petit,, 28 July 2022 Walky Joseph and Butch Genetti, a former officer and current Malden police commissioner who was a pall bearer at Frank Borseti’s funeral, removed some tape, unveiling Frank Borseti’s name on the wall of honor. Kevin Cullen,, 12 July 2022 As bearer instruments, cash—as it is commonly referred to—is frequently accepted without a fee and minimizes settlement risks for the party accepting it in return for goods or services. Christian Kameir, Forbes, 7 July 2022 Within days of the sudden disappearance of every last earthly bearer of XY chromosomes (fetuses included), things are pretty much back to normal. Hillary Kelly, The Atlantic, 16 June 2022 One won’t soon forget the vision of a warrior carrying another on his back, with the one on top bearing two rifles and shooting them with deadly accuracy in opposite directions while the bearer breaks on the run through a brick wall. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 2 June 2022 The Emmys volume game has for years been a two-horse race between HBO, long the standard-bearer of high-quality TV, and Netflix, the leading streaming company in terms of subscriptions with 222 million worldwide. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, 12 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of bearer

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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14 Aug 2022

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“Bearer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for bearer


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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