• WordNet 3.6
    • n hearse a vehicle for carrying a coffin to a church or a cemetery; formerly drawn by horses but now usually a motor vehicle
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Hearse A bier or handbarrow for conveying the dead to the grave. "Set down, set down your honorable load,
      It honor may be shrouded in a hearse ."
    • Hearse A carriage or motor vehicle specially adapted or used for conveying the dead to the grave in a coffin.
    • Hearse A framework of wood or metal placed over the coffin or tomb of a deceased person, and covered with a pall; also, a temporary canopy bearing wax lights and set up in a church, under which the coffin was placed during the funeral ceremonies.
    • Hearse A grave, coffin, tomb, or sepulchral monument. "Underneath this marble hearse .""Beside the hearse a fruitful palm tree grows.""Who lies beneath this sculptured hearse ."
    • n Hearse hẽrs A hind in the second year of its age.
    • v. t Hearse To inclose in a hearse; to entomb. "Would she were hearsed at my foot."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n hearse A canopy, usually of openwork or trellis, set. over a bier, or more rarely over a permanent tomb, and used especially to support candles which were lighted at times of ceremony. A medieval iron hearse, said to be unique, stands in the aisle of Tanfield church, Durham, England, over a tomb of the Marmion family.
    • n hearse A bier; a bier with a coffin.
    • n hearse A carriage for conveying a dead person to the grave. The usual modern form has an oblongroofed body, often with glass sides, and a door at the back for the insertion of the coffin.
    • n hearse A temporary monument erected over a grave.
    • n hearse A dirge or threnody, or a solemn recital or chant.
    • n hearse In heraldry, a charge resembling a portcullis or a harrow.
    • hearse To put on or in a hearse.
    • hearse A Scotch form of hoarse.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Hearse hėrs a carriage in which the dead are conveyed to the grave:
    • v.t Hearse to put on or in a hearse
    • n Hearse hėrs (orig.) a triangular framework for holding candles at a church service, and esp. at a funeral service
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  • Joseph Bayly
    Joseph Bayly
    “Death always waits. The door of the hearse is never closed.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Herse
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. herse (It. erpice)—L. hirpicem, accus. of hirpex, a harrow.


In literature:

All went smoothly, and in an hour the hearse was to take Fanfar away.
"The Son of Monte Christo" by Jules Lermina
You remind me of those big black horses they use for hearses, you know.
"Casa Braccio, Volumes 1 and 2 (of 2)" by F. Marion Crawford
A closed hearse had arrived; some men were carrying in a rough coffin and three trestles.
"The Strange Case of Mortimer Fenley" by Louis Tracy
And to-night a shabby hearse rolled out of the town-gate.
"What the Moon Saw: and Other Tales" by Hans Christian Andersen
The undertaker in this case had a small cart, used as a hearse, drawn by a mule recently broken in, and not too quiet.
"Reminiscences of Queensland" by William Henry Corfield
And tonight a shabby hearse rolled out of the town-gate.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
Behind the band were two coffins in a hearse, draped in black.
"Doctor Jones' Picnic" by S. E. Chapman
Then came the hearse, if hearse it could be called.
"A Tour of the Missions" by Augustus Hopkins Strong
No one took the slightest notice of the hearse, or of the lonely mourner.
"The Orchard of Tears" by Sax Rohmer
The hearse advanced along the broad paths, which are paved like the streets of a city.
"Sentimental Education, Volume II" by Gustave Flaubert

In poetry:

--My poet the rose of his fancies
Wrought unwritten in verse,
And left but the lilies and pansies
To strew his early hearse.
"My Poet" by Thomas MacDonagh
Must I go back where all is desolate,
Where reigns the terror of a curse,
To knock, a beggar, at my father's gate,
That closed upon a hearse?
"The House" by Elizabeth Drew Barstow Stoddard
So here and now, I keep my vow;
(Tho' the sandwich is no more)
I would rise from my hearse and write that verse,
If it were not written before.
"The Song Of The Sandwich" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Flow on, sweet river! like his verse
Who lies beneath this sculptured hearse;
Nor wait beside the churchyard wall
For him who cannot hear thy call.
"In The Harbour: To The Avon" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Gone, I say and walk from church,
refusing the stiff procession to the grave,
letting the dead ride alone in the hearse.
It is June. I am tired of being brave.
"The Truth The Dead Know" by Anne Sexton
While the rude hearse conveys me slow away,
And careless eyes my vulgar fate proclaim,
Let thy kind tear my utmost worth o'erpay,
And, softly sighing, vindicate my fame.—
"Elegy XXV. To Delia, With Some Flowers" by William Shenstone

In news:

Car buff buys JFK's hearse for $176,000.
The white 1964 Cadillac hearse came with impeccable provenance — a historic role in an event that indelibly touched a generation — and very high expectations.
JFK hearse sells for $160,000.
Kennedy 1964 Cadillac hearse to cross Barrett-Jackson auction block.
Hearse in bomb scare had fake weapons.
MIAMI GARDENS (AP) — Miami Gardens police say the hearse in the bomb scare that snarled traffic for hours had fake weapons inside.
JFK's hearse going on the auction block.
He compared parking leniency for hearses to funeral processions being allowed to go through red lights.
Gift hearse & Wanton none.
The Shack Dinner Theatre to Present "All Aboard The Marriage Hearse " Just in Time for Valentine's Day.
Lawman's last ride-his hearse -donated.
Lawman 's last ride-his hearse-donated.
Houston's National Museum of Funeral History offers a serious take on death, including an exhibit on historic hearses.
Blow-up hearse, ghouls, vulture and spider stolen.
Courtesy/Ellie DawsonThieves struck Dawson Oil Company's Halloween display last week, stealing this blow-up hearse and several other valuable items.