messenger

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noun mes·sen·ger \ˈme-sən-jər\

Definition of messenger

  1. 1 :  one who bears a message or does an errand: such asa archaic :  forerunner, heraldb :  a dispatch bearer in government or military servicec :  an employee who carries messages

  2. 2 :  a light line used in hauling a heavier line (as between ships)

  3. 3 :  a substance (such as a hormone) that mediates a biological effect

  4. 4 :  messenger rna

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

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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

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noun mes·sen·ger \ˈme-sən-jər\

Definition of messenger for Students

  1. :  a person who carries a message or does an errand


Medical Dictionary

messenger

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noun mes·sen·ger \ˈmes-ən-jər\

Medical Definition of messenger

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

  2. 2:  messenger rna



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