Definition of pall-bearer in English:



  • A person helping to carry or officially escorting a coffin at a funeral.

    • ‘The King followed the coffin; the pall-bearers were the admirals and field marshals of the Empire.’
    • ‘My brother was one of the pall-bearers, and we buried him just by where the ceremony was.’
    • ‘Educated at Eton and University College, Oxford, Windham was a close friend of Edmund Burke and Dr Johnson, being a pall-bearer at the latter's funeral.’
    • ‘Naude's simple pine coffin, draped in a South African flag, was carried into the church by military pall-bearers.’
    • ‘The graveside ceremony was brief (thankfully, as it was bitterly cold) and in spite of the slippery mud the pall-bearers did a sterling job of keeping the coffin aloft and lowering it into the grave without incident.’
    • ‘Four pall-bearers carried his coffin, which was decorated with wreaths of red and yellow roses, into the church.’
    • ‘I was one of the pall-bearers; we're all in a state of mourning and, by the way, I won't be returning to New York until Monday night.’
    • ‘It's not an unusual sight in Ireland, the funeral possession with the jersey on the coffin, the club guard of honour, the team-mates as pall-bearers.’
    • ‘And they were pall-bearers at Stephen's funeral.’
    • ‘I think, traditionally, pall-bearers actually carried the casket in the procession.’
    • ‘Then music swells as she exits the coffin, and pall-bearers appear from the audience.’
    • ‘The party followed six pall-bearers into church who carried Mr Jackson's coffin, which was adorned with a large spray of white trumpet lilies.’
    • ‘In fact, he was privileged to be one of the pall-bearers on the last journey of Frida to the crematorium.’
    • ‘Twelve pall-bearers carried the Pope's coffin from inside the basilica and laid it down in the open followed by a procession of cardinals.’
    • ‘The coffin was borne in by pall-bearers, marching to a rapid, but light step.’
    • ‘The mayor approaches them, returns the son's money and explains that all the pall-bearers have refused their pay.’
    • ‘In a rush of reciprocity, the Americans allowed funerals limited trespass, sparing pall-bearers the burden of toting caskets an extra 100 metres to the church's vestibule.’