bearer ( bearers plural )
1 n-count The bearerof something such as a message is the person who brings it to you.
usu N of n
I hate to be the bearer of bad news.
2 n-count A bearer of a particular thing is a person who carries it, especially in a ceremony.
FORMAL usu n N
...Britain's flag bearer at the Olympic Games opening ceremony...
3 n-count The bearerof something such as a document, a right, or an official position is the person who possesses it or holds it.
FORMAL oft N of n, n N
...the traditional bourgeois notion of the citizen as a bearer of rights..., Spanish identity documents state the bearer's profession.
standard bearer ( standard bearers plural ) , standard-bearer If you describe someone as the standard bearer of a group, you mean that they act as the leader or public representative of a group of people who have the same aims or interests. n-count usu with supp
Farrakhan was a poor standard-bearer for the causes of African-Americans.
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