Definition of bearer noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈbeərə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈberər//
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  1. 1a person whose job it is to carry something, especially at a ceremony coffin bearers see also pall-bearer, ring bearer, standard-bearer, stretcher-bearer
  2. 2a person who brings a message, a letter, etc. I'm sorry to be the bearer of bad news.
  3. 3(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.
  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.
  5. 5(Indian English) a waiter
  6. 6(Indian English) a male domestic servant or a worker who does another job that is not skilled
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: bearer