mes·​sen·​ger | \ ˈme-sᵊn-jər How to pronounce messenger (audio) \

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

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Examples of messenger in a Sentence

They sent a messenger to pick up the package. the messenger comes by twice a day to pick up packages
Recent Examples on the Web But Holzer, perhaps most famous for her pithy Truisms series (1978–1987), is more than simply a political messenger or logophile. Erik Morse, Vogue, 15 Sep. 2022 The success, or not, of Nuclear will depend on how much audiences are willing to ignore the film’s messenger and focus on the message. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 Sep. 2022 The message merely enrages the rogue prince, who literally beats up the messenger. Sean T. Collins, Rolling Stone, 4 Sep. 2022 That said, the urge to be responsible may lessen as the messenger planet opposes exuberant Jupiter in your subconscious realm and brings unexpected opportunities your way. Chicago Tribune, 2 Sep. 2022 Korea’s top search engine that also produces K-pop content), and Kakao Corp (the country’s largest mobile messenger that also oversees labels through its entertainment subsidiary). Jeff Benjamin, Variety, 1 Sep. 2022 The Instagram messenger, meanwhile, doesn’t offer E2EE at all. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 11 Aug. 2022 As unpleasant as the messenger may be, the message is probably correct. Dan Snierson,, 9 Aug. 2022 However, on a three-day domestic trip this week, which took the first lady to Arizona, Nevada and Kentucky, Biden made a pivot to political and policy messenger, reiterating the themes of the President's State of the Union address. Kate Bennett, CNN, 10 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of messenger

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for messenger

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

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“Messenger.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2022.

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mes·​sen·​ger | \ ˈme-sᵊn-jər How to pronounce messenger (audio) \

Kids Definition of messenger

: a person who carries a message or does an errand


mes·​sen·​ger | \ ˈmes-ᵊn-jər How to pronounce messenger (audio) \

Medical Definition of messenger

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

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