|n.||1.||One who, or that which, bears, sustains, or carries.|
|2.||Specifically: One who assists in carrying a body to the grave; a pallbearer.|
|3.||A palanquin carrier; also, a house servant.|
|4.||A tree or plant yielding fruit; |
|5.||(Com.) One who holds a check, note, draft, or other order for the payment of money; |
|6.||(Print.) A strip of reglet or other furniture to bear off the impression from a blank page; also, a type or type-high piece of metal interspersed in blank parts to support the plate when it is shaved.|
|Noun||1.||bearer - someone whose employment involves carrying something; "the bonds were transmitted by carrier"|
|2.||bearer - a messenger who bears or presents; "a bearer of good tidings"|
|3.||bearer - one of the mourners carrying the coffin at a funeral|
|4.||bearer - the person who is in possession of a check or note or bond or document of title that is endorsed to him or to whoever holds it; "the bond was marked `payable to bearer'"|
BEARER. One who bears or carries a thing.
2. If a bill or note be made payable to bearer, it will pass by delivery only, without endorsement; and whoever fairly acquires a right to it, may maintain an action against the drawer or acceptor.
3. It has been decided that the bearer of a bank note, payable to bearer, is not an assignee of a chose in action within the 11th section of the judiciary act of, 1789, c. 20, limiting the jurisdiction of the circuit court. 3 Mason, R. 308.
4. Bills payable to bearer are contra-distinguished from those payable to order, which can be transferred only by endorsement and delivery.
5. Bills payable to fictitious payees, are considered as bills payable to, bearer.