pall·​bear·​er | \ ˈpȯl-ˌber-ər How to pronounce pallbearer (audio) \

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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Byrdsong’s pallbearers were his former assistants: Parrish, Meeks, and Paul Swanson, as well as Steve Kerr, B.J. Armstrong and Scott Perry. Matthew Vantryon, Indianapolis Star, "A white nationalist killed a black coach 20 years ago. The horror changed his friend forever.," 7 Aug. 2019 Former law clerks to the justice will serve as honorary pallbearers as his casket arrives at the Supreme Court for viewing by the public. CBS News, "Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens lying in repose in Washington -- live stream," 22 July 2019 Interment will follow at Pine Forest Baptist Church Cemetery with Perry Clements III, John Blocker, Ricky Lamaree, John Barker, Kevin Winchester and Mitch Parker serving as active pallbearers., "Deaths in Central Florida: 7/19," 19 July 2019 Lucroy, who was well enough after the gruesome injury to ride in a car to Louisiana and serve as an honorary pallbearer for the funeral of his former college coach Tony Robichaux, was more optimistic. Maria Torres,, "Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy will have surgery to repair broken nose," 14 July 2019 Steve and Eydie had to cancel their Star Plaza Theatre shows set for the same week for Lawrence to join Don Rickles as one of the pallbearers at Sinatra’s Palm Springs funeral. Philip Potempa, Post-Tribune, "Singer Steve Lawrence a favorite for Father’s Day memories," 14 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of pallbearer

1949, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pallbearer

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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 How to pronounce pallbearer (audio) \

Kids Definition of pallbearer

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

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