Recent Examples of hearse from the Web
The hearse broke down in North Dakota, and the boys camped out in a town park in Minot for five days while it was repaired.
At 2 a.m. on Aug. 10, a hearse carrying the hollowed, 50-pound body of Alice Dumas left Beloit, bound for the pathology department at the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison.
Thousands of mourners crowded the narrow New York City streets to see the 73-year-old’s hearse make its way to the family vault in Marble Cemetery.
Lamar Ragland was driving the first car behind the hearse in his uncle's funeral procession last August when a white SUV pulled up to Ragland's bright gold, customized Chevy.
A bagpiper played as the casket was carried to a hearse.
Following the service, a police officer played the bagpipes as the casket was taken to a hearse.
Cheering fans lined the procession route as the black Cadillac hearse carrying Allman's casket drove past.
The commercial chaos gives way to a placid stretch where so many stood on the grassy median as Ali's hearse passed by.
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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
Middle English herse, from Anglo-French herce harrow, frame for holding candles, from Latin hirpic-, hirpex harrow
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Definition of hearse
1a archaic : to place on or in a hearseb : to convey in a hearse
2 : bury
Examples of hearse in a Sentence
the cemetery hearses an average of eight bodies a week
First Known Use of hearse
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
Definition of hearse for Students
: a vehicle for carrying a dead person to the grave
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