cou·ri·er | \ ˈku̇r-ē-ər , ˈkər-ē- , ˈkə-rē- \

Definition of courier 

1 : messenger: such as

a : a member of a diplomatic (see diplomatic sense 2) service entrusted with bearing messages

b(1) : an espionage agent transferring secret information

(2) : a runner of contraband (see contraband sense 2) drug couriers

c : a member of the armed services whose duties include carrying mail, information, or supplies

2 : a traveler's paid attendant especially : a tourists' guide employed by a travel agency

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Examples of courier in a Sentence

Police recently arrested a drug courier in our neighborhood. The documents were sent by overnight courier.

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For more than 20 years, Imhoff and his group have returned to the cemetery to honor the teenage newspaper couriers each Fourth of July. Colin Campbell,, "'Remember their service': A Fourth of July toast to the Evening Sun Newsboys' Band — and The Capital Gazette," 4 July 2018 The couriers are Mexican citizens, U.S. citizens, legal permanent residents and drivers with SENTRI passes, according to review of numerous border prosecutions. Kristina Davis,, "Fentanyl has taken over America's drug market. Where is it coming from?," 17 June 2018 After authorization, the car is unlocked so the courier can deliver the package inside. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Amazon Key expands to deliver packages inside your car," 24 Apr. 2018 Instead, the first mention of Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti, the courier, came from a detainee who was not tortured. Glenn Kessler, Washington Post, "The harsh interrogations of al-Qaeda detainees: Was it ‘torture’ and did it help find bin Laden?," 20 Mar. 2018 Traffic police in Shenzhen and other cities spot jaywalkers and reckless bike couriers. Clay Chandler, Fortune, "Why China Has An Edge In the A.I. Arms Race," 25 June 2018 When a home health care aide wanted to bail her son out of Rikers Island in New York City, she was charged $1,000 to have a courier walk her money a few blocks to the courthouse. Anchorage Daily News, "When freedom feels like extortion: Bail bondsmen accused of exploiting poor clients," 31 Mar. 2018 Support strong local journalism by subscribing today: courier-journal/josephg. Joseph Gerth, The Courier-Journal, "Eat at home, McConnell, until you're ready to listen to all the people," 10 July 2018 After traveling on a ship, those documents are sent by courier to the Rotterdam customs broker. Laura Shin, New York Times, "Industries, Looking for Efficiency, Turn to Blockchains," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of courier

1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for courier

borrowed from Middle French corier, courrier, borrowed from Italian corriere, from correre "to run" (going back to Latin currere) + -iere -ier — more at current entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of courier

: 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


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