Definition of bearer in US English:



  • 1A person or thing that carries or holds something.

    in combination ‘a flag-bearer’
    figurative ‘I'm sorry to be the bearer of bad tidings’
    • ‘The idea of involving my wife in this little spat that they're having with me because I was the bearer of bad tidings was neither honorable or dignified, quite apart from whether it was legal or illegal.’
    • ‘The wounded were increasing in number and more litter bearers were needed to carry them down.’
    • ‘Much to my dismay I am the bearer of bad tidings: Paramount has made the decision not to include even a single solitary supplement on this disc.’
    • ‘It should not be surprising, then, that the bearer of the bad tidings that research in psychology does not validate ESP, is usually not greeted with enthusiasm.’
    • ‘The hereditary banner bearers would carry the Lyon Standard and the Saltire.’
    • ‘Rather than shooting the messenger, the Mail has decided to shoot the horse that carried the bearer of the news.’
    • ‘The African tradition of killing the bearers of bad tidings has always been strong in the ANC.’
    • ‘Nikki, you have been elected by the Committee and the former US Flag bearers to carry ‘Old Glory’ into the Olympic stadium during the Opening Ceremonies.’
    • ‘The ofo can be used to prove the innocence of the bearer and can be carried to meetings in a leather bag, where it may receive libations.’
    • ‘I hate to be the bearer of bad tidings, but I'm quite certain life was not meant to be lived through an Excel spreadsheet.’
    • ‘Often the bearer of bad news takes a little abuse at first.’
    • ‘The colourful procession was led by the 1st Huntingdon All Saints' Scout Band, and a flag bearer carrying St George's Cross.’
    • ‘Thus, in reality the appellation ‘Ebionites’ was one its bearers carried with pride because it referred to their eschewal of luxury and worldliness.’
    • ‘No one wants to debate the future of Britain, because of another fine old tradition the bearer of bad tidings always got the chop.’
    • ‘In the summer of 2001, after some fruitless attempts at recovery, the bearer of bad tidings at Murrayfield informed him, erroneously as it turned out, that his playing career was over.’
    • ‘In each three-man team, the gunner carries the launcher and tripod as a backpack, and the two bearers each carry two launch tubes as backpacks.’
    • ‘If there was overoptimism, to what extent was it shaped by a White House intolerant of bearers of bad tidings?’
    • ‘Sir Bobby Charlton and George Best were among VIPs holding the hi-tech baton, flanked by flag bearers carrying the flags of the Commonwealth nations.’
    • ‘The procession was preceded with the cross bearers carried by the altar servers.’
    • ‘A trumpeter from the force played the Last Post and two flag bearers carried the Union flag and the ceremonial flag.’
    messenger, agent, conveyor, emissary, carrier, provider
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    1. 1.1 A carrier of equipment on an expedition.
      • ‘We hired no bearers, preferring to transport our own expedition.’
      • ‘A new state law permits it, provided the bearer leaves the weapon in a locked car on the employer's property.’
      • ‘Then last year came his trip to Makalu: this time a much smaller expedition, just six Europeans and some Sherpas bearers.’
      • ‘The professional ivory hunter generally carried his large medium-bore rifle while on foot and had his gun bearer carry the heavy rifle.’
      • ‘Able to operate under most weather conditions on all sorts of terrain, a human bearer can carry 60-80 pounds for fifteen miles in a day.’
      • ‘Each step of the last leg was a drudging journey, the heavy camera bearing down on the bearer's back.’
      carrier, porter, conveyor, transporter
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    2. 1.2 A person who carries the coffin at a funeral; pall-bearer.
      • ‘Slowly, with enthusiasm that would put coffin bearers to shame, he moved past the poster cases, making nothing of the garish imagery and loud print.’
      • ‘As we drove up to the grave of where Kevin was going to be buried I could see the paw bearers carrying the coffin to the gravesite.’
      • ‘This belief doesn't seem so surprising when you consider that coffin bearers in funeral processions carry the deceased feet first.’
      • ‘I was in charge of the coffin bearers at Lord Mountbatten's funeral in 1979.’
      • ‘Mr Wright blew his chance (with a spoonerism) and the line went to the other coffin bearer.’
      • ‘Members of the club formed a guard of honour at his funeral on both days and six members acted as poll bearers carrying his coffin to the church.’
      • ‘Both parents are serving police officers in Swindon, and Chrissy's father, 30, was among the coffin bearers.’
      • ‘Coffin bearers carry the remains of an Australian soldier who died during the Battle of Lys on April 14, 1918.’
      • ‘The Councillor was in charge of the guard of honour and coffin bearers.’
      • ‘When Alfred died in 1997, Ray was the only white coffin bearer at his funeral, and later Ray set about updating the book, which was republished last year.’
      • ‘Personnel were divided up into the tasks of ceremonial coffin bearers, street liners, ushers for the chapel, car door openers, gun carriage crew and general working hands.’
      • ‘A slow drumbeat accompanied them as the groups of six coffin bearers and one escort, all from the units of the dead men, lined up to await the coffins, each draped in the Union Flag.’
      • ‘Jean points out quite rightly that it should be lychgate - the place where coffin bearers paused to get their breath, rather than breathe their last.’
      • ‘She whispered loudly, as the coffin bearers finally manhandled the casket into the right position and dropped it on the table with a clunk.’
      • ‘The cairns you see along the way were once used for supporting the coffin while the bearers took a well-earned rest.’
      • ‘Our staff were asked to be bearers at his funeral service held at St Andrew's Church.’
  • 2A person who presents a check or other order to pay money.

    ‘promissory notes payable to the bearer’
    • ‘Of course, the paper could still have been a ‘bearer note’ that said: ‘Pay to the bearer one ounce of gold’.’
    • ‘The fact that a straight bill of lading cannot be treated in the same way as a bearer or order bill of lading does not detract from the fact that the present straight bill of lading meets the legal requirements to be considered as such.’
    • ‘The catch is that this paper is redeemable, meaning that at some future point it matures and then it must either be paid back, with the discount, to the bearer of that coupon.’
    • ‘The coupon entitles the bearer and up to three travel companions to a 10% discount off any published airfare.’
    • ‘Bills payable to order are negotiated by indorsement and delivery: an indorsement in blank, specifying no indorsee, is payable to the bearer and negotiated by delivery.’
    • ‘Because membership shares can't be sold on the open market, they aren't liquid and there is no way to confer upon the bearer expected present value of the firm's future earnings.’
    • ‘An installment receipt is a corporate security that represents a share held by the bearer but only partially paid for.’
    • ‘The provision does not assume that, if in its original tenor the cheque is payable to bearer, it cannot be changed to an order instrument by a special indorsement.’
    holder, possessor, owner, payee, consignee, beneficiary
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    1. 2.1as modifier Payable to the possessor.
      ‘bearer bonds’
      • ‘It turned out that a lot of assets had been liquidated and turned into bearer bonds, but these have never been located, and his joint account was cleaned out just after he disappeared.’
      • ‘There is also a move afoot to abolish bearer share regimes that do not facilitate a record of the owner, as ownership is passed by delivery of the shares.’
      • ‘Brennan held $4m of non-traceable bearer bonds, which Banks invested in the stock market via Bank of Scotland accounts and shell companies.’
      • ‘If you can PROVE any homeopathic remedy has a measurable effect then you can claim US $1,000,000 in negotiable bearer bonds from the JREF.’
      • ‘In the past, investors received physical certificates (referred to as in bearer form) when they bought stock.’
      • ‘Regardless of the evidence, the lottery ticket is a bearer note, which means whoever turns in a valid ticket is legally entitled to the winnings, end of story.’
      • ‘You can create these wonderful things called bearer shares, which can be essentially two pieces of paper, two shares in a company, and whoever holds those two shares owns the company.’
      • ‘Such schemes include tax amnesties, voluntary disclosures and special bearer bonds.’
      • ‘Customs officers can seize cash, and cash includes cash equivalents, including bearer bonds, gemstones, money orders, postal notes, precious metals, and travellers cheques.’
      • ‘This is because English law treats both share certificates to bearer and bearer debt securities as negotiable instruments.’
      • ‘The resource underlying the UF is a bearer security of the Bank of Chile.’
      • ‘The bearer check will remain in circulation until January 31, but it does not replace the Zimbabwean dollar.’
      • ‘However, pledges of documents of title and of bearer bonds are excluded from most of the statutory requirements.’
      • ‘Government has recently extended the expiry date of the bearer's cheque to December 2004 as it battles to ease cash crisis.’
      • ‘The owner is said to have put unreported income in bank deposits or used it to buy bearer bonds.’
      • ‘If you lose a security in bearer form, there is no way to retrieve it - the person who finds it is the proud new owner of your stock.’
      • ‘In fact, no such bearer certificate of deposit was ever obtained, but the moneys were released in circumstances in which it was held that both the Perpetual companies and Minters were acting in breach of trust.’
      • ‘The bank introduced what it calls ‘the bearer cheque’ during the week.’
      • ‘Two bearer shares were allocated to Hemery and then transferred to trusts of which the two appellants and Baber were settlors.’
      • ‘The issued share capital of Latreefers was 100 bearer shares of no par value.’