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pallbearer

[pawl-bair-er] /ˈpɔlˌbɛər ər/
noun
1.
one of several persons who carry or attend the coffin at a funeral.
Origin
1700-1710
1700-10; pall1 + bearer
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pallbearer

/ˈpɔːlˌbɛərə/
noun
1.
a person who carries or escorts the coffin at a funeral
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Word Origin and History for pall-bearer

pallbearer

n.

also pall-bearer, 1707, from pall (n.) + agent noun of bear (v.). Originally one who holds the corners of the pall at a funeral.

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