messenger

noun
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

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms for messenger

Synonyms

courier, express [British], go-between, page, runner

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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 Vikander's version is a struggling East London bike messenger who doesn't want the money. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "'Tomb Raider': How Alicia Vikander's Lara Croft differs from Angelina Jolie's version," 15 Mar. 2018 Courier and messenger firms that deliver packages to homes and businesses added 1,800 jobs last month, recovering from a February slide when payrolls shrank by nearly 10,000. Jennifer Smith, WSJ, "Truckers Cut Payrolls As Freight Demand Softens," 5 Apr. 2019 Since February, there has been a lot of back and forth with paperwork and emails since messenger planet Mercury had an extended and confusing stay in your house of research and communication. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What April’s Capricorn Horoscope Means for You," 31 Mar. 2019 At least 80 messenger pigeons are dead and 10 people are without a home after a fire ripped through two Phoenix residences Saturday. Bree Burkitt, azcentral, "At least 80 messenger pigeons die, 10 people displaced in Phoenix house fire," 26 May 2018 Compared to a briefcase, messenger, or duffle, a backpack is more comfortable to wear, better for your back, and can likely carry more stuff around. Dan Seifert, The Verge, "The Pro Executive Laptop Backpack is a backpack for adults," 19 Aug. 2018 Oumuamua, which means first messenger in the language of the islands. Robert Lee Hotz, WSJ, "Is That an Alien Probe? A Harvard Astronomer Thinks It Might Be," 8 Feb. 2019 People don’t have deep or settled views on most things and generally respond to identity cues, associations, and above all, messengers. David Roberts, Vox, "The Green New Deal, explained," 21 Dec. 2018 In the same world where that video of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez dancing is actually a political scandal I would be executed in the center of town for many old instant messenger conversations about the awesomeness of Dave Matthews Band. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Leaked College Dancing Video Has the Internet Obsessed," 4 Jan. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'messenger.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about messenger

Statistics for messenger

Last Updated

26 May 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for messenger

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

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for messenger

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 How to pronounce messenger (audio) \

Kids Definition of messenger

: a person who carries a message or does an errand

messenger

noun
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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on messenger

What made you want to look up messenger? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a strong desire or propensity

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Challenging Vocabulary Quiz Returns!

  • stylized drawing of woman pole vaulting across gap to get trophy
  • Which is a synonym of fuliginous?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!