Hearse definition

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A vehicle for conveying a coffin to a church or cemetery.
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The definition of a hearse is a vehicle that transports a coffin carrying the dead.

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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An automobile or carriage, used in a funeral for carrying the corpse.
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(christianity) A triangular candelabrum used at Tenebrae during Holy Week.
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A framelike structure over a coffin or tomb on which to hang epitaphs.
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A framework of wood or metal placed over the coffin or tomb of a deceased person, and covered with a pall; also, a temporary canopy bearing wax lights and set up in a church, under which the coffin was placed during the funeral ceremonies.
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(archaic) A bier or coffin.
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A framelike structure above a coffin or tomb, for candles, hangings, etc.
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A triangular framework to hold candles at Tenebrae.
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A hind in the second year of its age.
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A grave, coffin, tomb, or sepulchral monument.
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A bier or handbarrow for conveying the dead to the grave.
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A carriage or vehicle specially adapted or used for transporting a dead person to the place of funeral or to the grave.
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(dated) To enclose in a hearse; to entomb.
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of hearse - herse

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
hearse
Plural:
hearses

Origin of hearse

  • Middle English herse a harrow-shaped structure for holding candles over a coffin from Old French herce from Medieval Latin hercia from Latin hirpex hirpic- harrow probably from Oscan hirpus wolf (alluding to its teeth)

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

  • From Old French herce, from Medieval Latin hercia, from Latin herpicem, hirpex; ultimately from Oscan (“wolf”), a reference to the teeth. The Oscan term is related to Latin hirsutus (“bristly, shaggy”).

    From Wiktionary