Definitions for pallbearerˈpɔlˌbɛər ər
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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
A pallbearer is one of several funeral participants who helps carry the casket of a deceased person from a religious or memorial service or viewing either directly to a cemetery or mausoleum, or to and from the hearse which carries the coffin. A pall is the heavy cloth that is draped over a coffin. The term "pallbearer" is used to signify someone who bears the coffin which the pall covers. Some traditions distinguish between these two roles, with pallbearer being a ceremonial position, just carrying a tip of the pall or a cord attached to it, while casket bearers do the actual heavy lifting and carrying. There may otherwise be only pallbearers in the literal sense while the casket is on an animal, or on an animal-drawn or motorized vehicle. In western cultures, the pallbearers are usually male family members, close friends, or colleagues of the deceased. In some Asian cultures, pallbearers are not to be members of the family but are outsiders, given a tip to perform the services of pall-bearer. A pall-bearer in the USA will carry a casket by the handles, and at around waist height. In the United Kingdom and Ireland, the casket is carried on the shoulders, and the handles are for the most part decorative. All lifting should be done from underneath the casket.
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