Definition of courier
1 : messenger: such asa : a member of a diplomatic (see diplomatic 2) service entrusted with bearing messagesb (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
Police recently arrested a drug courier in our neighborhood.
The documents were sent by overnight courier.
Origin and Etymology of courier
Medieval French courrier, from Old Italian corriere, from correre to run, from Latin currere
First Known Use: 1579
COURIER Defined for English Language Learners
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
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