- 1 (formal) a person who has something with them or is the official owner of something, such as a document A pass will allow the bearer to enter the building.
- 2 a person whose job it is to carry something, especially at a ceremony flag bearers see also pallbearer, ring bearer, standard-bearer, stretcher-bearer
- 3a person who brings a message, a letter, etc. I'm sorry to be the bearer of bad news.
- 4a person who has knowledge of something, such as an idea or a tradition, and makes sure that it is not forgotten, by teaching others about it In many societies, women play an important role as bearers of cultures and traditions.