pallbearer

noun
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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Eventually, the pallbearers clad in black shirts and purple vests loaded Robinson's casket into a hearse in front of the church. Hanna Krueger, NOLA.com, "Hundreds gather to celebrate the life of Keeven Robinson, who died in JPSO custody," 19 May 2018 In the rows next to them sat nearly 50 firefighters, 10 of whom were pallbearers. Kelly Brennan, Philly.com, "Firefighter who died during training exercise is praised at funeral," 11 July 2018 Republican Guard pallbearers carried the caskets Sunday to the Pantheon over a blue carpet symbolizing the color of peace, the United Nations and of Europe, as a crowd of thousands applauded. Washington Post, "France honors Holocaust survivor Simone Veil at the Pantheon," 2 July 2018 Honorary pallbearers will be Wade Herrell, Evan Herrell, Austin Slacks, CC Smith, Phil Herrell, Charlie Herrell, and Tom Herrell. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 7/4," 4 July 2018 As a guide for the project, Madden turned to Kilroy, who was best man at one of the fighter’s weddings and a pallbearer at his parents’ funerals. Frank Fitzpatrick, Philly.com, "Muhammad Ali's secluded Pa. camp and the fight to save it, led by John Madden's son," 3 July 2018 The pallbearers will be Deverton Henry, Monte Milligan, Donnie Nailor, Dylan Nailor, Will Golden, Clay Golden, Bradley Milligan, and Cayden Milligan. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "William Golden," 27 June 2018 Republican Guard pallbearers carried the caskets Sunday to the Pantheon over a blue carpet symbolizing the color of peace, the United Nations and of Europe, as a crowd of thousands applauded. Washington Post, "France honors Holocaust survivor Simone Veil at the Pantheon," 2 July 2018 Republican Guard pallbearers carried the caskets Sunday to the Pantheon over a blue carpet symbolizing the color of peace, the United Nations and of Europe, as a crowd of thousands applauded. Sylvie Corbet, Fox News, "France honors Holocaust survivor Simone Veil at the Pantheon," 1 July 2018

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First Known Use of pallbearer

1949, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pallbearer

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pallbearer

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English Language Learners Definition of pallbearer

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

pallbearer

noun
pall·bear·er | \ ˈpȯl-ˌber-ər \

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