errand

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noun er·rand \ ˈer-ənd , ˈe-rənd \

Definition of errand

1 archaic
a :an oral message entrusted to a person
2 a :a short trip taken to attend to some business often for another
  • was on an errand for his mother
b :the object or purpose of such a trip

Examples of errand in a Sentence

  1. He was sent out on an urgent errand.

  2. We were there on an errand of mercy to help provide medical care for the refugees.

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Origin and Etymology of errand

Middle English erend message, business, from Old English ǣrend; akin to Old High German ārunti message



ERRAND Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of errand for English Language Learners

  • : a short journey that you take to do or get something


ERRAND Defined for Kids

errand

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noun er·rand \ ˈer-ənd \

Definition of errand for Students

1 :a short trip made to do or get something
2 :the purpose of a short trip
  • My errand was to get milk.


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