- a platform or portable framework on which a coffin or corpse is placed
- a coffin and its supporting platform
Origin of bierMiddle English bere from Old English bær: for Indo-European base see bear
- A stand on which a corpse or a coffin containing a corpse is placed before burial.
- A coffin along with its stand: followed the bier to the cemetery.
Origin of bierAlteration ( influenced by French bière coffin ) of Middle English ber from Old English bēr ; see bher-1 in Indo-European roots.