Definition of sword-bearer in English:
An official who carries a sword for a sovereign or other dignitary on formal occasions.
- 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.
Definition of sword-bearer in:
- US English dictionary
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.
Most popular in the US
Most popular in the UK
Most popular in Canada
Most popular in Australia
Most popular in Pakistan