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a person or thing that carries, upholds, or brings:
dozens of bearers on the safari.
the person who presents an order for money or goods:
Pay to the bearer.
a tree or plant that yields fruit or flowers.
the holder of rank or office; incumbent.
(especially in India) a native boy or man employed as a personal or household servant.

furniture (def 4).
one of several strips of metal fitted at the sides of a plate for support during inking and proving.

a joistlike member supporting the floorboards of a scaffold.
Furniture. bearing rail.
Contemporary Examples

Not to be the bearer of ill tidings, Herman, but you are close to the last person in America still wondering this.
Was Herman Cain’s High-Risk Campaign Fueled by Testosterone? Michelle Cottle November 29, 2011

Getting yelled at for being the bearer of bad news—or even non-news—is not uncommon.
Confessions of a Flight Attendant Bobby Laurie August 10, 2010

In about 12 minutes the gun carriage and bearer party and escort party, led by a band of the Royal Marines, will lead off.
Live Blogging Thatcher’s London Funeral Tom Sykes April 16, 2013

How would people in the audience have known that here was a bearer of friendly fire, not an accomplice in the massacre?
For Obama, Romney, and America, Gun Control Is Dead Robert Shrum July 23, 2012

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but here at Royalist towers we think not.
William’s New Baby Hint Tom Sykes April 11, 2014

Historical Examples

“I would prefer to become the bearer of terms than of information,” he said.
The Red Year Louis Tracy

The bearer, if suspected and examined, is to produce that as the only one he carries.
Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson

She turned her head and glanced at some cards that the bearer had brought in on a tray.
The Pointing Man Marjorie Douie

I immediately determined to follow the bearer of this letter.
Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10) Maria Edgeworth

Miss Alton, the bearer of this, is the person I recommended as worthy the honour of attending you as a companion.
The Heiress; John Burgoyne

a person or thing that bears, presents, or upholds
a person who presents a note or bill for payment
(formerly, in Africa, India, etc)

a native carrier, esp on an expedition
a native servant

See pallbearer
the holder of a rank, position, office, etc
(modifier) (finance) payable to the person in possession: bearer bonds

Old English -berere (in water-berere), agent noun from bear (v.). Meaning “one who helps carry a corpse to the grave” is from 1630s.


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