messenger

noun mes·sen·ger \ ˈme-sᵊn-jər \
Updated on: 7 Dec 2017

Definition of messenger

1 : one who bears a message or does an errand: such as
a archaic : forerunner, herald
b : a dispatch bearer in government or military service
c : an employee who carries messages
2 : a light line used in hauling a heavier line (as between ships)
3 : a substance (such as a hormone) that mediates a biological effect

Examples of messenger in a Sentence

  1. They sent a messenger to pick up the package.

  2. the messenger comes by twice a day to pick up packages

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Origin and Etymology of messenger

Middle English messangere, from Anglo-French messager, messanger, from message



MESSENGER Defined for English Language Learners

messenger

noun

Definition of messenger for English Language Learners

  • : someone who delivers a message or does other small jobs that involve going somewhere


MESSENGER Defined for Kids

messenger

noun mes·sen·ger \ ˈme-sᵊn-jər \

Definition of messenger for Students

: a person who carries a message or does an errand

Medical Dictionary

messenger

noun mes·sen·ger \ ˈmes-ᵊn-jər \

medical Definition of messenger

1 : a substance (as a hormone) that mediates a biological effect — see first messenger, second messenger


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