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Definition of bearer noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 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. 2a person whose job it is to carry something, especially at a ceremony flag bearers see also pallbearer, ring bearer, standard-bearer, stretcher-bearer
  3. 3a person who brings a message, a letter, etc. I'm sorry to be the bearer of bad news.
  4. 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.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: bearer