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Syllabification: hearse
Pronunciation: /hərs

Definition of hearse in English:


A vehicle for conveying the coffin at a funeral.
Example sentences
  • Fire trucks, ambulances, hearses and the vehicles of law enforcement officers on duty are also allowed unhindered passage, but not most do not realize that either, or do not care.
  • Some smugglers even use wedding cars and funeral hearses as cover.
  • The research also indicates that 100 mm-high humps pose a greater possibility of pollution, property and vehicle damage and grounding, specifically to buses, emergency vehicles and hearses.


Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French herce 'harrow, frame', from Latin hirpex 'a kind of large rake', from Oscan hirpus 'wolf' (with reference to the teeth). The earliest recorded sense in English is 'latticework canopy placed over the coffin (while in church) of a distinguished person', but this probably arose from the late Middle English sense 'triangular frame (shaped like the ancient harrow) for carrying candles at certain services'. The current sense dates from the mid 17th century.

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