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bier

 (bîr)
n.
1. A stand on which a corpse or a coffin containing a corpse is placed before burial.
2. A coffin along with its stand: followed the bier to the cemetery.

[Alteration (influenced by French bière, coffin) of Middle English ber, from Old English bēr; see bher- in Indo-European roots.]

bier

(bɪə)
n
a platform or stand on which a corpse or a coffin containing a corpse rests before burial
[Old English bǣr; related to beran to bear1, Old High German bāra bier, Sanskrit bhārá a burden]

bier

(bɪər)

n.
1. a frame or stand on which a corpse or the coffin containing it is laid before burial.
2. such a stand together with the corpse or coffin.
[before 900; Middle English bere, Old English bēr, bǣr(e)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bier - a coffin along with its stand; "we followed the bier to the graveyard"
casket, coffin - box in which a corpse is buried or cremated
2.bier - a stand to support a corpse or a coffin prior to burialbier - a stand to support a corpse or a coffin prior to burial
catafalque - a decorated bier on which a coffin rests in state during a funeral
rack, stand - a support for displaying various articles; "the newspapers were arranged on a rack"
Translations

bier

[bɪəʳ] Nandas fpl (para el féretro)

bier

[ˈbɪər] nbière f (cercueil)

bier

nBahre f

bier

[bɪəʳ] n (for coffin) → catafalco; (for corpse) → feretro, bara
References in classic literature ?
The bearers went on for twenty paces, then stopped, putting the bier down on the ground.
The body, decked in rich robes and sparkling with jewels, was laid upon an open bier, and the procession started, taking its way to a high mountain at some distance from the city, the wretched husband, clothed from head to foot in a black mantle, following mournfully.
At the funeral the Woman stood at the head of the bier, holding a lighted crimson candle till it was wasted entirely away.
Six of the number were carrying a bier covered with a great variety of flowers and branches, on seeing which one of the goatherds said, "Those who come there are the bearers of Chrysostom's body, and the foot of that mountain is the place where he ordered them to bury him.
Before this altar was placed a bier, and on each side of this bier kneeled three priests, who told their beads, and muttered their prayers, with the greatest signs of external devotion.
on yon drear and rigid bier low lies thy love, Lenore
When the minister had finished his eulogy with prayer a hymn was sung and the pall-bearers took their places beside the bier.
But when they set the bier down on the threshold, they looked at one another, and at me, and whispered.
The Achaeans to their great joy then drew Patroclus out of reach of the weapons, and laid him on a litter: his comrades stood mourning round him, and among them fleet Achilles who wept bitterly as he saw his true comrade lying dead upon his bier.
Hast thou ever helped carry a bier, and heard the coffin knock against the churchyard gate, going in?
To be as much out of observation as possible for reasons of her own, and to escape the gallantries of the young men, she set out before the chiming began, and took a back seat under the gallery, close to the lumber, where only old men and women came, and where the bier stood on end among the churchyard tools.
I should plunge a good dagger into his throat in compensation for the grating, and would nail him down in a veritable bier, in remembrance of the false coffin in which I had been left to grow moldy for two days.