Definition of Bearer

1. Noun. Someone whose employment involves carrying something. "The bonds were transmitted by carrier"

Exact synonyms: Carrier, Toter
Generic synonyms: Traveler, Traveller
Derivative terms: Bear, Carry, Tote

2. Noun. A messenger who bears or presents. "A bearer of good tidings"
Generic synonyms: Courier, Messenger
Derivative terms: Bear

3. Noun. One of the mourners carrying the coffin at a funeral.
Exact synonyms: Pallbearer
Generic synonyms: Griever, Lamenter, Mourner, Sorrower
Derivative terms: Bear

4. Noun. The person who is in possession of a check or note or bond or document of title that is endorsed to him or to whoever holds it. "The bond was marked `payable to bearer'"
Exact synonyms: Holder
Generic synonyms: Capitalist
Derivative terms: Bear, Hold

Definition of Bearer

1. n. One who, or that which, bears, sustains, or carries.

Definition of Bearer

1. Noun. One who bears. ¹

2. Noun. Someone who helps carry the coffin or a dead body during a funeral procession. ¹

3. Noun. One who possesses a cheque, bond, or other notes promising payment. ¹

4. Noun. A domestic servant in India. ¹

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Definition of Bearer

1. one that bears [n -S] - See also: bears

Medical Definition of Bearer

1. 1. One who, or that which, bears, sustains, or carries. "Bearers of burdens." . "The bearer of unhappy news." 2. Specifically: One who assists in carrying a body to the grave; a pallbearer. 3. A palanquin carrier; also, a house servant. 4. A tree or plant yielding fruit; as, a good bearer. 5. One who holds a check, note, draft, or other order for the payment of money; as, pay to bearer. 6. A strip of reglet or other furniture to bear off the impression from a blank page; also, a type or type-high piece of metal interspersed in blank parts to support the plate when it is shaved. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Bearer

beardless iris
bearer (current term)
bearer bond

Literary usage of Bearer

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and (1910)
"The bearer company into whose charge the wounded man next passes is composed ... In future, bearer sections of the Field Ambulances will perform the duties ..."

2. A Treatise on the Law of Bills of Exchange, Promissory Notes, Bank-notes and by John Barnard Byles, Maurice Barnard Byles, Walter John Barnard Byles (1899)
"But it is now settled, that if a man take honestly an instrument made or become payable to bearer, he has a good title to it, with whatever degree of ..."

3. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1885)
"So, too. the bond or obligation being a prom- mise to pay the principal sum named in it, with the interest, to the bearer, the holder may, at maturity, ..."

4. Company Precedents, for Use in Relation to Companies Subject to the by Sir Francis Beaufort Palmer (1881)
"If the bearer of this debenture shall so require, the notary public present at any such drawing as aforesaid shall make ..."

5. The Law of Railways: Embracing Corporations, Eminent Domain, Contracts by Isaac Fletcher Redfield (1873)
"Railway bonds payable to bearer, with coupons, negotiable securities. 2. This rule extends both to the bonds and coupons for interest. 3. ..."

6. Dictionary of National Biography by LESLIE. STEPHEN, Sidney Lee (1886)
"In 1545 he was made justice in r\ re of all the king's forests north of the Trent, and in the same year he was constituted standard-bearer to Henry VIII as ..."

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