noun cou·ri·er \ˈku̇r-ē-ər, ˈkər-ē-, ˈkə-rē-\
: a person whose job is to carry messages, packages, etc., from one person or place to another
: a business that is used to send messages, packages, etc.
: a person who is employed by a travel company and whose job is to help people who are on holiday
: messenger: as
a : a member of a diplomatic service entrusted with bearing messages
b (1) : an espionage agent transferring secret information (2) : a runner of contraband
c : a member of the armed services whose duties include carrying mail, information, or supplies
: a traveler's paid attendant; especially : a tourists' guide employed by a travel agency
defined for English-language learners
Examples of COURIER
- Police recently arrested a drug courier in our neighborhood.
- The documents were sent by overnight courier.
Origin of COURIER
Middle French courrier,
from Old Italian corriere,
to run, from Latin currere
First Known Use: 1579
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