messenger

noun
mes·sen·ger | \ˈme-sᵊn-jər \

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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Synonyms for messenger

Synonyms

courier, go-between, page, runner

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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

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For now, the only way to communicate between officials coordinating the rescue effort and the group in the cave is by messenger, a journey of about six hours one way. New York Times, "8 Saved, 5 to Go in Thai Cave Rescue," 9 July 2018 Pundits often err in conflating the message with the messenger, the politician with his politics. Gregory Krieg, CNN, "There's a new Democratic agenda taking shape. It's more and more progressive. Can it survive success?," 30 Apr. 2018 The discovery heralds the next step in what scientists call multi-messenger astronomy, which probes the cosmos with telescopes working across different wavelengths and now with detectors of gravitational waves as well. Robert Lee Hotz, WSJ, "Scientists Track Neutrinos Through Ice to Their Source in the Cosmos," 12 July 2018 This new method of observing is known as multi-messenger astronomy. Sophia Chen, WIRED, "What's a Blazar? A Galactic Bakery for Cosmic Rays," 12 July 2018 Carnegie began his ascent as a teenage messenger boy in a telegraph office. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "The Entire History of Steel," 9 July 2018 Also on Monday, a different team of researchers disclosed a vulnerability in the desktop version of the Signal messenger. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "It has been a bad week for encrypted messaging and it’s only Wednesday," 16 May 2018 UberRUSH also emphasized the involvement of messengers on foot or bicycle in addition to car couriers. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Uber Is Ending Its UberRUSH Delivery Service," 31 Mar. 2018 Astrophysicists have long dreamed of employing messengers besides light to reveal the inner workings of the many unfathomable wonders in the cosmos. Mark Bowen, Scientific American, "Neutrinos on Ice: Astronomers' Long Hunt for Source of Extragalactic "Ghost Particles" Pays Off," 12 July 2018

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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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Phrases Related to messenger

blame/shoot the messenger

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messenger

noun

English Language Learners Definition of messenger

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

messenger

noun
mes·sen·ger | \ˈme-sᵊn-jər \

Kids Definition of messenger

: a person who carries a message or does an errand

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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