Definition of bier in US English:

bier

noun

  • A movable frame on which a coffin or a corpse is placed before burial or cremation or on which it is carried to the grave.

    • ‘Family men, in turns, carried the bier in procession from the ashram to the waiting van for the 20-mile drive to the crematorium in the town.’
    • ‘She knelt before the bier and bent her head down.’
    • ‘My beloved Elisabeta lay on the same bier where she had wept for me only four nights prior.’
    • ‘The body is carried to the grave in an open bier, followed by the funeral party, which is all male.’
    • ‘And I'd have wanted to join the long queue of people waiting to file past the bier at Westminster.’
    • ‘They found a bier in the hall and candles burning, and were taken into an inner room to murmur condolences.’
    • ‘He took one final, loving look at his father's serene face and bowed in most profound respect to the body on the bier.’
    • ‘It would be conducted around a bier of wreaths and a serviceman's hat, with a firing party with heads bowed and a chaplain to read the words from the military burial service.’
    • ‘The closest this sublime chimera ever came to being realized was during the days when his body lay on its bier.’
    • ‘But this time it is a disaster for the travelers, who are carrying a dead man on a bier to his tomb in his homeland.’
    • ‘Four silent soldiers with bowed heads stood at each corner of the bier.’
    • ‘But if he thought the gloss had been taken off his status as a global celebrity he might have been gratified to learn that after his death the procession that followed his funeral bier was more than half a mile long.’
    • ‘But on the bed, his city clothes are laid out like a corpse on its bier.’
    • ‘His disciples and many animals gathered around the bier to mourn his passing.’
    • ‘It was placed on a bier and taken to the cathedral.’
    • ‘She thrust the torch into the funeral bier and watched as the fire caught and spread on the dry wood.’
    • ‘He lay on a bier under a simple crucifix with his bishop's staff under his arm.’
    • ‘When he died of cancer, a hundred thousand mourners viewed his bier.’
    • ‘‘Lift the bier, and send our comrades to the bosom of the water, to be safe forever,’ she said in ritual.’
    • ‘After the funeral ceremony, the body is carried on an iron bier on foot to the tower, by an even number of corpse bearers.’

Origin

Old English bēr, of Germanic origin; related to German Bahre, also to bear.

Pronunciation

bier

/ˈbir//ˈbɪr/