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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
hearse
noun
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ He blessed himself and dropped his eyes as the hearse passed.
▪ He faced Main Street, where a black hearse turned the corner.
▪ He sat by the rear door of the hearse with a gun in each hand while Jack bled and bled.
▪ Her gaze never left the hearse.
▪ I realized why people confuse them with hearses.
▪ Obviously the hearse and mourning coaches were rented, but certainly not the coffin.
▪ To this day, I continued to follow the route of his hearse into a withdrawing space beyond this earth.
▪ Unfortunately, the wheels were attached not to his skinny body but to an old hearse.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Hearse

Hearse \Hearse\ (h[~e]rs), n. [Etymol. uncertain.] A hind in the second year of its age. [Eng.]
--Wright.

Hearse

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.

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

    Beside the hearse a fruitful palm tree grows.
    --Fairfax

    Who lies beneath this sculptured hearse.
    --Longfellow.

  3. A bier or handbarrow for conveying the dead to the grave.

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

  4. A carriage or motor vehicle specially adapted or used for conveying the dead to the grave in a coffin.

Hearse

Hearse \Hearse\, v. t. To inclose in a hearse; to entomb. [Obs.] ``Would she were hearsed at my foot.''
--Shak.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
hearse

c.1300 (late 13c. in Anglo-Latin), "flat framework for candles, hung over a coffin," from Old French herse, formerly herce "large rake for breaking up soil, harrow; portcullis," also "large chandelier in a church," from Medieval Latin hercia, from Latin hirpicem (nominative hirpex) "harrow," from Oscan hirpus "wolf," supposedly in allusion to its teeth. Or the Oscan word may be related to Latin hirsutus "shaggy, bristly." The funeral display so called because it resembled a harrow; hearse in its sense of "portcullis" is not attested in English before 15c. For spelling, see head. Sense extended to other temporary frameworks built over dead people, then to "vehicle for carrying a body," a sense first recorded 1640s.

Wiktionary
hearse

n. 1 A hind in the second year of its age. 2 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. 3 A grave, coffin, tomb, or sepulchral monument. 4 A bier or handbarrow for conveying the dead to the grave. 5 A carriage or vehicle specially adapted or used for transporting a dead person to the place of funeral or to the grave. vb. (context dated English) To enclose in a hearse; to entomb.

WordNet
hearse

n. a vehicle for carrying a coffin to a church or a cemetery; formerly drawn by horses but now usually a motor vehicle

Wikipedia
Hearse

A hearse is a funeral vehicle used to carry a coffin/casket/urn from a church or funeral home to a cemetery. In the funeral trade, hearses are often called funeral coaches.

Hearse (band)

Hearse is a Swedish melodic death metal band, founded by vocalist Johan Liiva (ex- Arch Enemy) and drummer Max Thornell in 2001. The band have released five albums to date.

Usage examples of "hearse".

I mean to say you might have got a hearse up that staircase, and taken it broadwise, with the splinter-bar towards the wall and the door towards the balustrades: and done it easy.

Chevy and a hearse driven by funeral-home owner and Kinderhook county coroner Junior Duckworth.

But he came in on it with us, even letting Willard use the hearse to transport the stuff over to Paducah and St.

It was in such a manner that Emmett gradually wound his spurtive course past the trees and brush where the hearse was hidden, and finally jolted out of sight.

We workers in woods make bridal bedsteads and card-tables, as well as coffins and hearses.

They allowed the team to draw the hearse on at a steady pace, with the packhorses tied behind.

Arthur and the other pallbearers were only faces set in the windows of the hearse.

He watched Victor Callan and the mortician's assistant, Ned Ryedock, as they used a wheeled gurney to transfer a body from the black Cadillac hearse into the embalming and cremation wing.

For the same reason, he followed the hearse to the funeral home and stayed with Callan and his assistant until Peyser's and Sholnick's bodies were fed into the white-hot flames of the crematorium.

Richard strode through the car park and its exemplary diversity of stilled traffic, like an illustration of all you might meet on the contemporary road with its contraflow and intercool: hearse, heap, dragster, dump truck, duchess-wagon, cripple-bubble.

Despite its unpleasant, sad associations, Abigail's was sanctuary, a place where even phantom hearses could not get me.

  Sixty miles away, in Arnhem, crowds standing on the Amsterdamseweg watched as a massive black-and-silver hearse pulled by two plodding farm horses passed slowly by.

I followed Walker across the lot and as we got close to the hearse I could see that the back of it was loaded with all kinds of junk, mostly stuff from Mexico: patio lanterns, wrought-iron bookends, pin atas and a few adding machines and typewriters.

Some young men, amid the declamations of the throng, harnessed themselves and began to drag Lamarque in the hearse across the bridge of Austerlitz and Lafayette in a hackney-coach along the Quai Morland.

The hearse remained motionless behind the other bleachers, shining its headlights at us.