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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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 Top team executives Dennis Lauscha and Mickey Loomis will be among the eight pallbearers carrying the casket. Josh Katzenstein,, "Saints visiting South Carolina tight end Hayden Hurst next week: source," 21 Mar. 2018 When Norman died in 2006, Smith and Carlos both travelled to Australia and were pallbearers at his funeral. Fox News, "Olympian who stood with Americans in protest honored 50 years later," 28 Apr. 2018 Eventually, the pallbearers clad in black shirts and purple vests loaded Robinson's casket into a hearse in front of the church. Hanna Krueger,, "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,, "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., "Deaths in South Florida: 7/4," 4 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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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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