Definition of key-bearer in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkiːˌbɛːrə/


  • 1A person who has the custody or control of a key or set of keys, especially in a ceremonial role.

  • 2Christian Church
    A person possessing spiritual authority, as symbolized by keys; specifically (chiefly with the) St Peter as the bearer of the keys of heaven, or the Pope considered as his successor.


Late 15th century. From key + bearer.