What does pallbearer mean?

Definitions for pallbearerˈpɔlˌbɛər ər

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pallbearer, bearer(noun)

    one of the mourners carrying the coffin at a funeral


  1. pallbearer(Noun)

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

  2. pallbearer(Noun)

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

  3. Origin: From pall + bearer

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pallbearer(noun)

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


  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

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  2. Junior Noah Tylutki:

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