Definition of key-bearing in English:

key-bearing

adjective

  • Bearing a key or keys; Christian Church possessing spiritual authority, as symbolized by keys.

Origin

Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Samuel Rutherford (c1600–1661), Church of Scotland minister and political theorist. From key + bearing.

Pronunciation

key-bearing

/ˈkiːˌbɛːrɪŋ/