bearer meaning

[ 'bɛərə ] Pronunciation:   "bearer" in a sentence
Noun: bearer  behru(r)
  1. Someone whose employment involves carrying something
    - carrier, toter 
  2. A messenger who bears or presents
    "a bearer of good tidings" 
  3. One of the mourners carrying the coffin at a funeral
    - pallbearer 
  4. The person who is in possession of a check or note or bond or document of title that is endorsed to him or to whoever holds it
    "the bond was marked 'payable to bearer'"
    - holder

Derived forms: bearers

See also: bear

Type of: capitalist, courier, griever, lamenter, messenger, mourner, sorrower, traveler [US], traveller [Brit, Cdn]

Encyclopedia: Bearer


Any horizontal beam, joist, or member which supports a load.


A support for a landing or winder in a stair.


The ribbon board in balloon framing, which supports second-floor joists.


A horizontal member of a scaffold upon which the platform rests and which may be supported by ledgers.

AmE / noun [C]


(Finance )


a person who presents a document, such as a cheque or a share, bond, etc., for payment:

Bank of England notes have the words 'I promise to pay the bearer on demand the sum of ... ' on them.


used to describe a document, such as a cheque or a share, bond, etc. which can be presented for payment by anyone, not only by a named person:

Bearer bonds can be stolen, and should therefore be treated in the same way as cash.


A person who presents for payment a cheque or bill of exchange marked "pay bearer". As a bearer cheque or bill does not require endorsement it is considered a high-risk form of transfer.

n. The person in possession of a bill of exchange or promissory note that is payable to the bearer.


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  1. on such occasions she was the bearer of replies.
  2. nixon was less likely to brush off the bearer of unwelcome intelligence.
  3. the bearers raised the canoe aloft, adjusted the poles to their shoulders.
  4. after that half-hour all bearers of the forsyte name would feel the bloom was off the rose.
  5. scobie watched the bearers go slowly up the hill, their bare feet very gently flapping the ground.

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