courier

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

Definition of courier

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

  2. 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


First Known Use: 1579


COURIER Defined for English Language Learners

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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

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noun cou·ri·er \ˈku̇r-ē-ər, ˈkər-\

Definition of courier for Students



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