Definition of boat-bearer in English:

boat-bearer

noun

  • 1A person who carries a boat.

  • 2Anglican Church Roman Catholic Church
    Roman Catholic Church and Anglican Church. A person who carries the incense boat, accompanying the thurifer carrying the censer.

Origin

Early 18th century; earliest use found in John Potter (d. 1747), archbishop of Canterbury. From boat + bearer.

Pronunciation

boat-bearer

/ˈbəʊtˌbɛːrə/