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ˈpɔlˌbɛər ərpall·bear·er

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pallbearer, bearernoun

    one of the mourners carrying the coffin at a funeral

Wiktionary

  1. pallbearernoun

    One who carries a corner of the pall over a coffin or casket.

  2. pallbearernoun

    One called upon to carry or bear the casket at a funeral.

  3. Etymology: From pall + bearer

Wikipedia

  1. Pallbearer

    A pallbearer is one of several participants who help carry the casket at a funeral. They may wear white gloves in order to prevent damaging the casket and to show respect to the deceased person. Some traditions distinguish between the roles of pallbearers and casket bearer. The former is a ceremonial position, carrying a tip of the pall or a cord attached to it. The latter do the actual heavy lifting and carrying. There may otherwise be pallbearers only in the symbolic sense if the casket is on an animal or vehicle. In Western cultures, the pallbearers are usually male family members, close friends, or colleagues of the deceased. A notable exception was the funeral of Lee Harvey Oswald, in which reporters, pressed into service to carry the coffin, outnumbered the mourners. In some African cultures, pallbearers are not family members but are staffs of professional funeral agencies who are paid for their services. The first duty of a pallbearer is to appear at least thirty minutes before the funeral begins as the funeral director can then provide directions. Secondly, they will also be notified on where they are able to sit during the funeral service and during then the casket would be carried. Thirdly, pallbearers are carrying the casket to one's final resting area after the funeral. Depending on the tradition, pallbearers would either carry the coffin on their shoulders or by their waist. At times additional pallbearers, known as honorary pallbearers, walk either behind or directly in front of the casket in a showcase of supplemental distinction towards the deceased. This type of pallbearer is most often a gentleman in the profession of the deceased who has achieved significant merit within their position.

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  1. pallbearer

    A pallbearer is a person who helps to carry the coffin or casket at a funeral, often a close friend, relative, or associate of the deceased person. Traditionally, there are usually six or eight pallbearers, who may carry the coffin either on their shoulders or by handles attached to its side, depending on cultural customs.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pallbearernoun

    one of those who attend the coffin at a funeral; -- so called from the pall being formerly carried by them

Wikidata

  1. Pallbearer

    A pallbearer is one of several funeral participants who helps carry the casket, usually covered with a pall, 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, which recalls the white garments given in baptism, as well as the Resurrection of Christ at Easter, 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.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pallbearer in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pallbearer in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of pallbearer in a Sentence

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    I get my exercise acting as a pallbearer to my friends who exercise.

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