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 For reasons that should be obvious, Obama isn’t an ideal messenger for that particular idea. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "The Tide Is Turning Against the Filibuster," 4 Aug. 2020 Virgo is governed by Mercury, the messenger planet of communication. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "The Personality of a Virgo, Explained," 31 July 2020 Many refused to hear the message and condemned the messenger. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: What if more had knelt with Kaepernick? (6/7/20)," 7 June 2020 Even as the messenger planet begins to move direct in earnest, Mercury will remain in sensitive Cancer until 3rd August. Elizabeth Gulino,, "Mercury Retrograde Is Over — But Retroshade Is Here," 9 July 2020 In March 2019, amid the aftermath of the Christchurch massacre, the far right made a collective migration from an array of messenger platforms and discussion boards to the messaging app Telegram. Rita Katz, Wired, "Neo-Nazis Are Running Out of Places to Hide Online," 9 July 2020 The brand, co-founded by Anthony Dennis, a stylist and tailor, and Tony Rey, an artist and entrepreneur, also makes crossbody and messenger bags that are essential accessories for travel or everyday use. Travel + Leisure Staff, Travel + Leisure, "12 Black-owned Travel, Fashion, and Accessories Brands to Know and Support," 7 July 2020 The Belgian Laekenois, deployed as a messenger dog in both World Wars, got its name from the Northwest suburb of Brussels, Laeken, where the breed originated. Khrysgiana Pineda, USA TODAY, "Newly recognized dog breed by the American Kennel Club: The rare Belgian Laekenois," 3 July 2020 Courier and messenger companies added 21,100 jobs in June, following a similar increase of 22,500 jobs in May. Employment in the sector has been growing ahead of pre-pandemic levels. Elaine Chen, WSJ, "Trucking, Warehouse Companies Boost Hiring in June," 2 July 2020

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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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The first known use of messenger was in the 14th century

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13 Aug 2020

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“Messenger.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of messenger

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


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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