One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person whose job is to hold up the train of a dress or robe.
attendant, retainer, companion, adviser, aide, henchman, followerView synonyms
- ‘I remember that these train-bearers were vested in voluminous chimeres of cloth of gold edged with crimson velvet.’
- ‘At the wedding ceremony on 10 February 1840 Queen Victoria was attended by twelve train-bearers, all daughters of peers of the realm.’
- ‘Full mourning cloak was worn by chief mourners, with the train carried by train-bearers.’
- ‘Later, the Fairy Queen indicates the same train-bearer on the line, ‘all the common council-men’.’
- ‘As if hypnotized, I obeyed, grabbed the other side of her coat and, with the model completely unaware of her train-bearers, we sailed up the steps behind her.’
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