The definition of a hearse is a vehicle that transports a coffin carrying the dead.(noun)
The big car driven by an undertaker that the deceased's coffin goes in at a funeral is an example of a hearse.
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Origin: ME herce < OFr, a harrow, grated portcullis < L hirpex, a large rake with iron teeth < dial (Sabine) irpus, wolf (hence, lit., wolf-tooth device)
See hearse in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English herse, a harrow-shaped structure for holding candles over a coffin
Origin: , from Old French herce
Origin: , from Medieval Latin hercia
Origin: , from Latin hirpex, hirpic-, harrow
Origin: , probably from Oscan hirpus, wolf (alluding to its teeth).
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