• WordNet 3.6
    • n pallbearer one of the mourners carrying the coffin at a funeral
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n pallbearer One of those who attend the coffin at a funeral; -- so called from the pall being formerly carried by them.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pallbearer One who with others attends the coffin at a funeral: so called from the old custom of holding the corners and edges of the pall as the coffin was carried, whether on a vehicle or by men.
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  • Chauncey Depew
    Chauncey Depew
    “I get my exercise acting as a pallbearer to my friends who exercise.”


In literature:

Presently the policemen returned from the Cowgate with a motley assortment of pallbearers.
"Greyfriars Bobby" by Eleanor Atkinson
Some of the county aristocracy were pallbearers, and many private carriages followed.
"East Lynne" by Mrs. Henry Wood
M. Charnot, who had skilfully gathered up the legs, looked like a hired pallbearer.
"The Ink-Stain, Complete" by Rene Bazin
Pallbearers, gold reins, requiem mass, firing a volley.
"Ulysses" by James Joyce
They make elaborate funeral arrangements, with candles, mourners, singers, and pallbearers.
"Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed." by S. A. Reilly
The one in charge will tell the pallbearers where they are to meet.
"Etiquette" by Emily Post
The Marats and the Robespierres, the Bareres and the Collots, are the pallbearers, not the standard-bearers of liberty.
"Ireland Under Coercion (2nd ed.) (2 of 2) (1888)" by William Henry Hurlbert
We'll have to have some pallbearers.
"Grace Harlowe's Sophomore Year at High School" by Jessie Graham Flower
Mr. Curtis was one of the pallbearers; that's how I got acquainted with him.
"The Vehement Flame" by Margaret Wade Campbell Deland
He was, however, one of the pallbearers on the long way from the church to Pere la Chaise.
"The Loves of Great Composers" by Gustav Kobbé

In news:

One of the pallbearers is late.
ROBIN TRIMARCHI Pallbearers carry the casket of retired Command Sgt Maj. Basil Plumley to the Fort Benning Infantry Center Chapel.
ROBIN TRIMARCHI Pallbearers carry the casket of retired Command Sgt Maj.
Interment will follow in the Candies Creek Cemetery with Bucky Bancroft, Lee Bancroft, Paul Godfrey, Doyle Parmer, Billy Sparkman and Glen Allen serving as pallbearers.
Pallbearers will be Allen Brown , Fred Rogers, Doug Fisher, Frank Grantham, Marshall Day, Colton Pearson, Gregory Peacock and John Holyoak.
But the one I ran across Wednesday of last week - about a group of volunteer student pallbearers - came close.
Pallbearers for services held Friday at Nunnelee Funeral Chapel for Virginia Cowan , 86, who died on May 27, 2012 were: Shawn Ward, Randy Eakins, Kenny Holt, Russell Jones, Mark Jones and Perry Holt.
Hayden high school students serve as pallbearers at funerals.
Jade Goody 's Funeral Jack Tweed is one of many pallbearers (Photo: Splash News).
Pallbearers were Robert Yaros, Tony Yaros, Ben Bigelow, Rick Kiessling, Lenny Relue and Jim Conlon.
Pallbearers were Junior Grime, Arden Grime, James Grime, David Grime, Ryan Retcher and Marv Retcher.
Pallbearers were David Wadsworth, Rick Daugherty, David and Paul Odom, Joseph Ledford, Glenn Wolfe, Scott Thompson and Dan Neiding.
Pallbearers will be Mike Krisak, Jon Krisak, Roger Krisak, Scott Krisak, Tim Nikstad and Phillip Hall.
Pallbearers will be Danny Sikes, Brian Sallee Sr.
Pallbearers carry the casket of Kasandra Perkins following her funeral service at the St James Missionary Baptist Church on Saturday, Dec 8, 2012, in Austin, Texas.