courier

noun 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 2) service entrusted with bearing messages
b (1) :an espionage agent transferring secret information
(2) :a runner of contraband (see contraband 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

Examples of courier in a Sentence

  1. Police recently arrested a drug courier in our neighborhood.

  2. The documents were sent by overnight courier.

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Origin and Etymology of courier

Middle French courrier, from Old Italian corriere, from correre to run, from Latin currere

courier Synonyms

Synonyms
bootlegger, contrabandist, smuggler, runner
Related Words
coyote, gunrunner, mule [slang]

COURIER Defined for English Language Learners

courier

noun

Definition of courier for English Language Learners

  • : 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


COURIER Defined for Kids

courier

noun cou·ri·er \ ˈku̇r-ē-ər , ˈkər- \

Definition of courier for Students



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