Bier Definition

bîr
noun
A stand on which a corpse or a coffin containing a corpse is placed before burial.
American Heritage
A platform or portable framework on which a coffin or corpse is placed.
Webster's New World
A coffin along with its stand.
Followed the bier to the cemetery.
American Heritage
A coffin and its supporting platform.
Webster's New World

A litter to transport the corpse of a dead person.

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Other Word Forms of Bier

Noun

Singular:
bier
Plural:
biers

Origin of Bier

  • 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

  • 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

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