noun mes·sage \ˈme-sij\

: a piece of information that is sent or given to someone

: an important idea that someone is trying to express in a book, movie, speech, etc.

Full Definition of MESSAGE

:  a communication in writing, in speech, or by signals
:  a messenger's mission
:  an underlying theme or idea

Examples of MESSAGE

  1. Did you get my message?
  2. She has received messages of support from hundreds of people.
  3. I left a message on her answering machine.
  4. He's not here right now. Can I take a message?
  5. I liked the story but I didn't really agree with the book's message.
  6. He believed in the church's message of forgiveness.

Origin of MESSAGE

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin missaticum, from Latin missus, past participle of mittere
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with MESSAGE



Definition of MESSAGE

transitive verb
:  to send as a message or by messenger
:  to send a message to
intransitive verb
:  to communicate by message

First Known Use of MESSAGE



Next Word in the Dictionary: message boardPrevious Word in the Dictionary: mess (verb)All Words Near: message
April 28, 2015
portmanteau Hear it
a word formed by the blending of words
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears