Definition of bearer in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbɛːrə/


1A person or thing that carries or holds something: [in combination]: a flag-bearer figurative I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad tidings
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  • If there was overoptimism, to what extent was it shaped by a White House intolerant of bearers of bad tidings?
  • The African tradition of killing the bearers of bad tidings has always been strong in the ANC.
  • The idea of involving my wife in this little spat that they're having with me because I was the bearer of bad tidings was neither honorable or dignified, quite apart from whether it was legal or illegal.
messenger, agent, conveyor, emissary, carrier, provider;
1.1A carrier of equipment on an expedition.
Example sentences
  • Then last year came his trip to Makalu: this time a much smaller expedition, just six Europeans and some Sherpas bearers.
  • We hired no bearers, preferring to transport our own expedition.
  • A new state law permits it, provided the bearer leaves the weapon in a locked car on the employer's property.
1.2Indian A domestic servant or other menial worker.
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  • Experts estimated that only 10 per cent of Blue-Cover Hukou bearers were highly skilled workers - most were small investors.
  • In all the yearning literature this place has spawned, the only indigenous characters are servants and bearers and extras - and that's shaming.
  • Yashodabai says that once the grandmother was said to have kicked open and broken down the door of the palanquin that had been sent to carry her to her parents' house because the palanquin bearer did not open the door fast enough.
1.3Indian A waiter.
Example sentences
  • The guests were taken on a walk around the Court buildings, and had a good lunch, brought from home in large tiffin carriers by Mrs. CJ and served by white-uniformed bearers.
  • If you want a more relaxed approach, then the pantry provides delicious thalis at your seat via your personal bearer.
  • As we sit inside one of the Japanese Tea pavilions on austerely placed wooden slats with just a wedge of cushioning, a bearer walks across the narrow ledge between the lily ponds.
1.4A person who carries the coffin at a funeral.
Example sentences
  • This belief doesn't seem so surprising when you consider that coffin bearers in funeral processions carry the deceased feet first.
  • Members of the club formed a guard of honour at his funeral on both days and six members acted as poll bearers carrying his coffin to the church.
  • When Alfred died in 1997, Ray was the only white coffin bearer at his funeral, and later Ray set about updating the book, which was republished last year.
2A person who presents a cheque or other order to pay money: promissory notes payable to the bearer
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  • Bills payable to order are negotiated by indorsement and delivery: an indorsement in blank, specifying no indorsee, is payable to the bearer and negotiated by delivery.
  • An installment receipt is a corporate security that represents a share held by the bearer but only partially paid for.
  • The coupon entitles the bearer and up to three travel companions to a 10% discount off any published airfare.
2.1 [as modifier] Payable to the possessor: bearer bonds
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  • However, pledges of documents of title and of bearer bonds are excluded from most of the statutory requirements.
  • The owner is said to have put unreported income in bank deposits or used it to buy bearer bonds.
  • It turned out that a lot of assets had been liquidated and turned into bearer bonds, but these have never been located, and his joint account was cleaned out just after he disappeared.

Words that rhyme with bearer

airer, carer, Clara, darer, declarer, Demerara, Éire, habanera, Halmahera, parer, Perak, primavera, repairer, Rivera, Riviera, Sarah, scarer, sharer, snarer, sparer, squarer, starer, swearer, tearer, wearer

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