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 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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By attaching courier bags, the Segway promised to reduce physical strains associated with lugging sacks of mail while increasing the rate of delivery. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "12 Geeky Ways to Deliver Mail: U.S. Postal Service Technology Through the Ages," 18 Jan. 2019 This courier then takes the food delivery to within a few hundred meters of its destination, before a KiwiBot is used to take it directly to a person’s door. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Delivery robot spontaneously bursts into flames in California," 17 Dec. 2018 Villa Carlotta played home to a host of Hollywood icons including David O. Selznick, Marion Davies, Montgomery Clift, and gossip columnist Louella Parsons, whose write-ups were delivered to a courier from her apartment window. Rachel Marlowe, Vogue, "3 Newly Renovated Historic Hotels Celebrate L.A.’s Eclectic Past," 21 Aug. 2018 Others work for private courier companies that are subcontracted by Amazon. Gaby Del Valle, Vox, "Amazon is cutting costs with its own delivery service — but its drivers don’t receive benefits," 26 Dec. 2018 First a robot carries a food order from a restaurant’s counter to the street, where it is then picked up by a courier on a tricycle. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Delivery robot spontaneously bursts into flames in California," 17 Dec. 2018 But for those without the day off work, like many blue-collar workers, Black Friday marks a two-week grind of intense labor for warehouse workers, cashiers, and couriers, who are often poorly paid or hold precarious contracts with their employers. Rebekka Ayres, Teen Vogue, "Black Friday, Explained: A Complete History," 23 Nov. 2018 Devices have been delivered through the mail and by courier to locations around the country. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "The Technology of Pipe Bombs and Suspicious Packages, Explained," 25 Oct. 2018 Restaurants deliver the meals with their own couriers. Matthew Sedacca, New York Times, "With the Slice App, Local Pizzerias Get a Bigger Piece of the Market," 23 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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courier

noun

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.
British : a person who is employed by a travel company and whose job is to help people who are on holiday

courier

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cou·​ri·​er | \ ˈku̇r-ē-ər , ˈkər-\

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