Recent Examples of hearse from the Web
Unfazed when a hearse-like carriage meets her at the docks, Christine, along with husband Raoul (Sean Thompson) and young son Gustave (Casey J. Lyons), are whisked to the Phantom’s creepy hotel.
In preparation for the new parade, De Wulf has purchased a 1969 Cadillac hearse that will be coated in bean designs by the time of the parade.
On Saturday — a picture-perfect fall day in Zimmer's hometown — a hearse carried him back to his parents in a full-size wooden casket draped with an American flag.
At about noon, a hearse drove away, carrying the body.
Following a memorial service and Catholic Mass at Sacred Heart Church for Petty Officer Doyon, a police motorcycle escort led the hearse with Doyon's casket to West Suffield Cemetery where he was laid to rest with full military honors.
It was later placed into a hearse before being driven to an undisclosed mortuary.
Victorian mourning traditions gave way to funeral homes and hearses.
Petty and his wife then kept the child in their car — a black hearse — overnight, prosecutors said.
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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
Synonymsentomb, bury, inhume, inter, lay, put away, tomb
Antonymsdisinter, exhume, unearth
Related Wordsimmure, inurn; enshrine; conceal, cover, ensconce, hide; obscure, shade, shield; cloak, curtain, enshroud, shroud; rebury, reinter; coffin
Near Antonymsburn, cremate; bare, disclose, discover, display, exhibit, expose, reveal, show; uncoffin
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