pall·​bear·​er | \ ˈpȯl-ˌber-ər \

Definition of pallbearer

: a person who helps to carry the coffin at a funeral also : a member of the escort or honor guard of the coffin who does not actually help to carry it

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Jenna Bush Hager, Lauren Bush Lauren, and Ashley Bush gave readings at the state funeral; and at the Houston service, six of the granddaughters gave readings, while seven grandsons served as pallbearers. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meet the 14 People Who Called George H.W. Bush Grandfather," 6 Dec. 2018 According to the Houston Chronicle, Bush's casket, draped in an American flag, was escorted by six pallbearers into a hearse headed to Ellington Field. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "All the Details on George H. W. Bush's Funeral," 6 Dec. 2018 Warren Beatty has been announced as a pallbearer at Sen. John McCain’s memorial service set to take place Saturday morning at Washington National Cathedral, a week after the senator’s death. Sonia Rao, The Seattle Times, "The surprising and enduring friendship of Warren Beatty and John McCain," 28 Aug. 2018 His longest employees were pallbearers at his funeral. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "In Defense of Elon Musk," 16 Oct. 2018 Former Arizona Coyotes player Shane Doan and Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Luis Gonzalez will serve as pallbearers at the funeral, Fox News previously reported. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "McCain's funeral will be attended by Obama, Bush and others: A list of notable people paying their respects," 30 Aug. 2018 The eight pallbearers carrying the casket will be team executives Dennis Lauscha, Mickey Loomis, Greg Bensel, Ben Holds, Ed Lang, Mike Stanfield, auto executive Rick Hood and Wayne LaJaunie, brother of Benson's widow, Gayle. William Guillory,, "Alvin Gentry: Tom Benson was 'bigger than life', loved by many in the community," 23 Mar. 2018 Gentry will join Pelicans star Anthony Davis and general manager Dell Demps as honorary pallbearers behind the casket. William Guillory,, "Alvin Gentry: Tom Benson was 'bigger than life', loved by many in the community," 23 Mar. 2018 Patrick Scullen, a 6-4, 330-pound junior offensive tackle, played for Feis for three years and was a pallbearer at his funeral. Manny Navarro, miamiherald, "Douglas' football team plays first game since school shooting. Here's what happened | Miami Herald," 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of pallbearer

1949, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of pallbearer

: a person who helps to carry the coffin at a funeral


pall·​bear·​er | \ ˈpȯl-ˌber-ər \

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: a person who helps to carry the coffin at a funeral

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