bearer

[bair-er]
noun
1.
a person or thing that carries, upholds, or brings: dozens of bearers on the safari.
2.
the person who presents an order for money or goods: Pay to the bearer.
3.
a tree or plant that yields fruit or flowers.
4.
the holder of rank or office; incumbent.
6.
(especially in India) a native boy or man employed as a personal or household servant.
7.
Printing.
a.
furniture ( def 4 ).
b.
one of several strips of metal fitted at the sides of a plate for support during inking and proving.
8.
a joistlike member supporting the floorboards of a scaffold.
9.
Furniture. bearing rail.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English berere. See bear1, -er1

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bearer (ˈbɛərə)
 
n
1.  a person or thing that bears, presents, or upholds
2.  a person who presents a note or bill for payment
3.  formerly, in Africa, India, etc
 a.  a native carrier, esp on an expedition
 b.  a native servant
4.  See pallbearer
5.  the holder of a rank, position, office, etc
6.  (modifier) finance payable to the person in possession: bearer bonds

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Example sentences
Leo, the outsider, becomes the bearer of messages between the two lovers.
Trusting science doesn't mean one has blind faith in the bearer of good or bad
  news.
He doesn't register as a bearer of potential information-barter, so the
  conversation goes nowhere.
They permit the bearer to conduct business activity such as meetings and
  work-related functions.
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