- an automobile or carriage, used in a funeral for carrying the corpse
- a framelike structure above a coffin or tomb, for candles, hangings, etc.
- a triangular framework to hold candles at Tenebrae
- Archaic a bier or coffin
Origin of hearseMiddle English herce from OFr, a harrow, grated portcullis from Classical Latin hirpex, a large rake with iron teeth from dial (Sabine) irpus, wolf (hence, literally , wolf-tooth device)