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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