er·​rand ˈer-ənd How to pronounce errand (audio)
: a short trip taken to attend to some business often for another
was on an errand for his mother
: the object or purpose of such a trip
: an oral message entrusted to a person

Examples of errand in a Sentence

He was sent out on an urgent errand. We were there on an errand of mercy to help provide medical care for the refugees.
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Word History


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

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

Time Traveler
The first known use of errand was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Errand.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


er·​rand ˈer-ənd How to pronounce errand (audio)
: a short trip taken to do or get something especially for someone else
also : the object or purpose of such a trip
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