from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A stand on which a corpse or a coffin containing a corpse is placed before burial.
- n. A coffin along with its stand: followed the bier to the cemetery.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a litter to transport the corpse of a dead person
- n. a platform or stand where a body or coffin is placed
- n. A count of forty threads in the warp or chain of woollen cloth.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A handbarrow or portable frame on which a corpse is placed or borne to the grave.
- n. A count of forty threads in the warp or chain of woolen cloth.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A frame, usually of wood, on which to carry a load; a barrow; a litter; a stretcher.
- n. Specifically A framework on which a corpse, or the coffin containing it, is laid before burial; also, one on which it is carried to the grave by hand.
- n. A count of forty threads in the warp or chain of woolen cloth. Imp. Dict.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a coffin along with its stand
- n. a stand to support a corpse or a coffin prior to burial
Alteration (influenced by French bière, coffin) of Middle English ber, from Old English bēr.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English bere, from Old English bēr, (West Saxon) bǣr, from Proto-Germanic *bērō (cf. East Frisian beere, Dutch baar, German Bahre), from *ƀeranan 'to bear'. More at bear. (Wiktionary)