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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 ?
At intervals the speaker was interrupted by general and loud bursts of sorrow, during which the girls around the bier of Cora plucked the plants and flowers blindly from her body, as if bewildered with grief.
Hast thou ever helped carry a bier, and heard the coffin knock against the churchyard gate, going in?
The sudden (sic) death of the child created suspicion, the more so as the body was immediately clothed and laid upon the bier.
But when they set the bier down on the threshold, they looked at one another, and at me, and whispered.
Many of his vassals had assembled at the news of his death, and followed the bier with all the external marks, at least, of dejection and sorrow.
The bier was covered with a profusion of costly Bowers.
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.
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.
The bearers went on for twenty paces, then stopped, putting the bier down on the ground.
At length the coffin had received its burden and was screwed down; after which the bearers placed it upon a bier, and set out.
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.
The body, neatly wrapped in a new white tappa, was laid out in an open shed of cocoanut boughs, upon a bier constructed of elastic bamboos ingeniously twisted together.