bearer


bearer
[[t]be͟ərə(r)[/t]]
bearers
1) N-COUNT: usu N of n The bearer of something such as a message is the person who brings it to you.

I hate to be the bearer of bad news.

2) N-COUNT: usu n N A bearer of a particular thing is a person who carries it, especially in a ceremony. [FORMAL]

...Britain's flag bearer at the Olympic Games opening ceremony...

The Speaker is preceded by the mace-bearer upon his entry to the chamber.

3) N-COUNT: oft N of n, n N The bearer of something such as a document, a right, or an official position is the person who possesses it or holds it. [FORMAL]

...the traditional bourgeois notion of the citizen as a bearer of rights...

Later he called a meeting of his party's central office bearers...

Spanish identity documents state the bearer's profession.

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4) N-COUNT: N of n The bearer of a tradition, idea, or characteristic is someone or something that is particularly associated with it and passes it on to other people or situations. [FORMAL]

Generally, the lower classes are considered to be the bearers of tradition.

Syn:
5) N-COUNT In former times, especially in India, a bearer was a native servant of a European. [OLD-FASHIONED]
6) See also , standard bearer

English dictionary. 2008.

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