Recent Examples of hearse from the Web
Stills and Young separately bolted for LA the following year, literally passing each other on the Sunset Strip; Neil in a hearse, Stills and Furay in a van driven by record producer Bill Friedman.
Imagine your deceased loved one being driven away in a hearse once used by a Bachelorette contestant.
Every once in a while, a hearse pulls up with a new neighbor, slowly, followed by a line of cars with their headlights on.
State officials and state police were at the funeral home Wednesday as bodies were removed in hearses.
Family members are suing a north Alabama funeral home after a woman's body fell from a hearse onto a highway last year.
Exhibits include presidential funerals, the history of embalming, 19th century mourning, historical hearses and more.
The coffin of President Lincoln taken to the hearse as Lincoln's Funeral March is performed by city band.
As the couple’s grandsons carried the casket to a waiting hearse under a gloomy sky, the extended family followed, gathering at the edge of the walkway.
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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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