courier

noun
cou·​ri·​er | \ ˈku̇r-ē-ər How to pronounce courier (audio) , 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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Net-Tech currently uses courier services to rush laptops to customers who need them right away. Tom Simonite, WIRED, "How Amazon Cloned a Neighborhood to Test Its Delivery Robots," 14 June 2019 That woman went into labor and had her daughter on the weekend, when the donation company’s courier service didn’t work. Ivana Hrynkiw | Ihrynkiw@al.com, al.com, "‘Amazing, life changing’; Cord blood donation program at Brookwood yields 4 life-saving transplants," 14 June 2019 From there, an Uber courier will pick up the order and deliver it to your door. Allen Kim, CNN, "Uber may soon deliver Big Macs to you by drone," 12 June 2019 Wait, the courier and the call girl are stripping down! Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "'Fall of the American Empire' review: a Montreal caper, with a little philosophy on the side," 6 June 2019 As a result, motorcycle courier and delivery services have become ubiquitous across Lagos. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "Motorcycle-hailing startups are battling each other—and the law—to win in Africa’s largest city," 30 May 2019 All performed invaluable services in rescuing and sheltering British pilots and Resistance members on the run, gathering military and political intelligence, acting as couriers for weapons and secret messages, and organizing small-scale sabotage. Sonia Purnell, Twin Cities, "Sonia Purnell: What D-Day teaches us about the difficulty – and importance – of resistance," 6 June 2019 Houses compete to produce the most eye-catching, inventive and flamboyant show invitations delivered often by gas-guzzling courier to each guest’s personal or professional address with little thought to ecology. Thomas Adamson, The Seattle Times, "Starry Saint Laurent show in Paris sees models walk on water," 25 Sep. 2018 That money was provided in two $50,000 cash installments on Jan. 8 and 9 — the first delivered personally by Faughn and the second by a courier, Watkins said. Washington Post, "FBI briefed on allegations against Missouri governor," 24 May 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

noun
cou·​ri·​er | \ ˈku̇r-ē-ər How to pronounce courier (audio) , ˈkər-\

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