Bier meaning

bîr
A stand on which a corpse or a coffin containing a corpse is placed before burial.
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A coffin and its supporting platform.
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A platform or portable framework on which a coffin or corpse is placed.
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A coffin along with its stand.

Followed the bier to the cemetery.

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A litter to transport the corpse of a dead person.
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A platform or stand where a body or coffin is placed.
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A count of forty threads in the warp or chain of woollen cloth.

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Origin of bier

  • Alteration (influenced by French bière coffin) of Middle English ber from Old English bēr bher-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English beer, beere, bere, from Old English bēr, (West Saxon) bǣr (“stretcher, bier”), from Proto-Germanic *bērō (East Frisian beere, Dutch baar, German Bahre), from *beraną (“to bear”). More at bear.

    From Wiktionary