pallbearer

noun pall·bear·er \ ˈpȯl-ˌber-ər \
Updated on: 21 Nov 2017

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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PALLBEARER Defined for English Language Learners

pallbearer

noun

Definition of pallbearer for English Language Learners

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


PALLBEARER Defined for Kids

pallbearer

noun pall·bear·er \ ˈpȯl-ˌber-ər \

Definition of pallbearer for Students

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


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