a frame or stand on which a corpse or the coffin containing it is laid before burial.
such a stand together with the corpse or coffin.

before 900; Middle English bere, Old English bēr, bǣr(e); cognate with Old High German bāra (German Bahre), Dutch, Danish baar, Swedish bår; spelling influenced by French bière; akin to bear1, barrow1

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bier (bɪə)
a platform or stand on which a corpse or a coffin containing a corpse rests before burial
[Old English bǣr; related to beran to bear1, Old High German bāra bier, Sanskrit bhārá a burden]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. bær (W.Saxon), ber (Anglian) "handbarrow, litter, bed," from W.Gmc. *bero (O.H.G. bara, O.Fris. bere, M.Du. bare), from base *ber- and thus related to the O.E. verb beran "to bear" (see bear (v.)), making a bier anything used for carrying, only later limited to funerary
sense. Since c.1600, spelling influenced by Fr. bière, from O.Fr. biere, from Frankish *bera, from the same Germanic root.
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Bible Dictionary

Bier definition

the frame on which dead bodies were conveyed to the grave (Luke 7:14).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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