Hearse (hẽrs), 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.

Who lies beneath this sculptured hearse.

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

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

4. A carriage specially adapted or used for conveying the dead to the grave.

Hearse, v. t. To inclose in a hearse; to entomb. [Obs.] "Would she were hearsed at my foot." Shak.

Hearse (hẽrs), n. [Etymol. uncertain.] A hind in the second year of its age. [Eng.] Wright.