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.”

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Her twin sister, Jenna Bush Hager, was matron of honor, while the roster of flower girls consisted of Hager's daughters, Margaret and Poppy—who was also the ring bearer—and Coyne's niece Emma. Emily Wang, Glamour, "George W. Bush's Daughter, Barbara Bush, Just Got Married in a Secret Ceremony," 8 Oct. 2018 Not only did Justin's daughter serve as the flower girl and ring bearer, his TV family, including Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown, and Milo Ventimiglia joined in on the festivities. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "'This Is Us' Star Justin Hartley and His Wife Chrishell Have the Best Love Story," 19 Feb. 2019 She and her co-director Ciro Guerra spent years consulting anthropologists to learn how Wayuu culture relates to mythology, including the significance of birds which are viewed as the bearers of news and the bringers of change. Tobias Grey, WSJ, "Colombian Drug Epic ‘Birds of Passage’ Takes Flight," 9 Feb. 2019 The bridesmaids, groomsmen, parents, flower girls, and ring bearer were all dressed in Ralph Lauren for the wedding at the Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur, India, on December 1, 2018. . Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Priyanka Chopra's Custom Ralph Lauren Wedding Veil Was 75 Feet Long," 4 Dec. 2018 The wedding party, including their four flower girls and ring bearer, all wore custom Ralph Lauren as well. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Priyanka Chopra & Nick Jonas' Wedding: Everything You Need to Know," 4 Dec. 2018 Harley-Davidson has long been the standard bearer of loud, booming engines, but at Las Vegas' Consumer Electronics Showcase on Monday, the motorcycle company showed off its first-ever pure electric bike. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Harley-Davidson's LiveWire Electric Bike Is Here—And Very Expensive," 7 Jan. 2019 But unlike other reformers of his generation, Solih was never sidelined by a prison sentence or political exile, a fact that propelled him into the role of the opposition party’s standard-bearer. Krishan Francis, The Seattle Times, "Calm opposition leader wins Maldives presidency amid storm," 24 Sep. 2018 The National Weather Service was the bearer of foreboding news last week, issuing a flood warning for the St. Johns River near Geneva and the areas around lakes Harney and Jesup. Martin E. Comas,, "East Seminole County residents keep nervous eye on rising St. Johns," 9 July 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 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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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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