Recent Examples of hearse from the Web
The procession of motorcycles and cars led the hearse to the stadium.
But Josh wouldn’t have wanted to show up to his internment in a hearse.
Service Corporation International, Carriage, Stewart Enterprises—have set up billion-dollar models to sell you a casket, give you a ride to the cemetery in that hearse, sell you the cemetery plot, and put up the marker.
People view and photograph the hearse carrying the remains of Rev. Billy Graham arrives at the Billy Graham Training Center at the Cove on Thursday, February 22, 2018 in Asheville, NC.
In a separate story, the newspaper reported that mourners, some holding U.S. flags, lined the roadway in freezing temperatures Monday night as a hearse carrying Flick's body passed on its way from the hospital to the coroner's office.
At Main and Ferry in Martinez, Jamie Jobb was watching and listening on Wednesday, March 14, when a hearse (empty but for its driver), rounded the corner slowly, with its windows down.
Twice on Sunday, hundreds of mourners, many of them parents and children holding hands, walked to funerals through overflowing parking lots, past hearses, black funeral limos and golfers unloading clubs.
Officers stood in formation and saluted as the hearse drove slowly into the Marion County coroner's office.
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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.
Origin and Etymology of hearse
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Examples of hearse in a Sentence
the cemetery hearses an average of eight bodies a week
First Known Use of hearse
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Definition of hearse for English Language Learners
: a large car that is used for carrying a coffin to a grave
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