\ ˈbir How to pronounce bier (audio) \

Definition of bier

1 : a stand on which a corpse or coffin is placed also : a coffin together with its stand
2 archaic : a framework for carrying

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Examples of bier in a Sentence

lifted the bier from its stand and placed it in the hearse for its final journey

First Known Use of bier

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for bier

Middle English bere, from Old English bǣr; akin to Old English beran to carry — more at bear

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The first known use of bier was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of bier

: a table or platform on which a coffin or dead body is placed at a funeral


\ ˈbir How to pronounce bier (audio) \

Kids Definition of bier

: a stand on which a corpse or coffin is placed

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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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