Hearse Hearse (h[~e]rs), n. [See {Herse}.] 1. 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. [Obs.] --Oxf. Gloss. [1913 Webster]

2. A grave, coffin, tomb, or sepulchral monument. [Archaic] ``Underneath this marble hearse.'' --B. Johnson. [1913 Webster]

Beside the hearse a fruitful palm tree grows. --Fairfax [1913 Webster]

Who lies beneath this sculptured hearse. --Longfellow. [1913 Webster]

3. A bier or handbarrow for conveying the dead to the grave. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Set down, set down your honorable load, It honor may be shrouded in a hearse. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. A carriage or motor vehicle specially adapted or used for conveying the dead to the grave in a coffin. [1913 Webster +PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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