Recent Examples of hearse from the Web
Dykes too old to ride, along with a Sister of Perpetual Indulgence in a nun’s habit and powdered face, followed in a hearse-like sport utility vehicle.
The hearse left the Palace just after 9 a.m. on a gun carriage led by horses and flanked by royal guards wearing bearskin hats.
Fox 5 reports there were police cars in the parking lot as Hicks' casket was carried out of the church and placed in the funeral hearse.
Its first major exhibition was a display of historical hearses, which can still be seen at the museum today.
Motorcycle riders from the Patriot Guard, Buffalo Soldiers, and American Veteran Motorcycle Riders led the hearse to the funeral home.
As well as hearses and ambulances, Hess & Eisenhardt customized cars, including the 1962 Lincoln Continental limousine that President John F. Kennedy was riding in when he was killed.
Outside, hundreds of supporters called for justice as the teen's casket was loaded into the hearse.
Officials with the Texas Democrats declined to comment on the hearse or the message.
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The Evolution of hearse
Medieval French used the word herce for a harrow, a farm tool used to break up and smooth the soil. Herce was also applied to a triangular frame that was used for holding candles. Herce was borrowed into Middle English as herse. In those days, a large and decorative framework might be raised over the tomb or coffin of an honored person. Because this framework was often decorated with candles, the word herse was applied to it. A series of slightly changed meanings led to the use of herse (Modern English hearse) for a platform for a corpse or coffin, and from that to a vehicle to carry the dead. The verb hearse emerged late in the 16th century.
Examples of hearse in a Sentence
the cemetery hearses an average of eight bodies a week
HEARSE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of hearse for English Language Learners
: a large car that is used for carrying a coffin to a grave
HEARSE Defined for Kids
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