Definitions for pallbearerˈpɔlˌbɛər ər
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
one of several persons who carry or attend the coffin at a funeral.
Origin of pallbearer:
one of the mourners carrying the coffin at a funeral
One who carries a corner of the pall over a coffin or casket.
One called upon to carry or bear the casket at a funeral.
Origin: From pall + bearer
one of those who attend the coffin at a funeral; -- so called from the pall being formerly carried by them