pallbearer

noun

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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Quavo, who is Takeoff's uncle, joined other family members as a pallbearer. Brenton Blanchet, Peoplemag, 12 Nov. 2022 When Jim Shoemake died in 2013, Wylie served as a pallbearer at the funeral. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, 11 Nov. 2022 The man, whose name authorities did not release, was spotted leaving the funeral home as a pallbearer. CBS News, 25 Aug. 2022 Rachel Robinson, his widow, asked Russell to be a pallbearer at her husband’s funeral in 1972. Tim Reynolds, ajc, 11 Aug. 2022 Rachel Robinson, his widow, asked Russell to be a pallbearer at her husband’s funeral in 1972. Tim Reynolds, Chicago Tribune, 11 Aug. 2022 The feeling was mutual, Russell learned, when Robinson’s widow, Rachel, called and asked him to be a pallbearer at her husband’s funeral in 1972. Jimmy Golen, Anchorage Daily News, 31 July 2022 The feeling was mutual, Russell learned, when Robinson’s widow, Rachel, called and asked him to be a pallbearer at her husband’s funeral in 1972. The Salt Lake Tribune, 31 July 2022 The feeling was mutual, Russell learned, when Robinson’s widow, Rachel, called and asked him to be a pallbearer at her husband’s funeral in 1972. Jimmy Golen, Chron, 31 July 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

pall entry 2

First Known Use

1949, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pallbearer was in 1949

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“Pallbearer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pallbearer. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

pallbearer

noun
pall·​bear·​er ˈpȯl-ˌbar-ər How to pronounce pallbearer (audio)
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: a person who helps to carry the coffin at a funeral

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