Definition of sword-bearer in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈsɔːdbɛːrə


  • An official who carries a sword for a sovereign or other dignitary on formal occasions.
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    • The more important mayors were treated with great respect, and processed publicly with attendants such as a sword-bearer or mace-bearer; from the 15th cent. those of London and York came to be called lords mayor.
    • Two lesser officers are also in evidence, standing in front of Shipward; these are the sergeant-at-mace and the sword-bearer.
    • Pembroke had a long and distinguished political career, was sword-bearer at five coronations, and was a keen patron of the arts.

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