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 Nikki Walton is a viral website creator, spiritual messenger, and television personality. Maia Niguel Hoskin, Forbes, 11 June 2021 Unlike iOS, Android users can select an alternative default messenger to the stock OS one. Zak Doffman, Forbes, 15 May 2021 The mysterious messenger’s communication was, to put it bluntly, not that someone had broken into this tomb, rather that someone had broken out. Robert Barron, WSJ, 2 Apr. 2021 WhatsApp was quieter on the Signal front, given that its smaller albeit fast-growing rival is the best secure messenger on the market today. Zak Doffman, Forbes, 19 June 2021 But Republican leaders hoping for a reliable messenger are ignoring Trump's nature, said Republican strategist Liam Donovan. Michael Warren, CNN, 4 June 2021 From where Kappus received his letters, Rilke did seem an angel, a messenger with divine power. Kamran Javadizadeh, The New Yorker, 26 May 2021 Chaz Fortune, a credible messenger and director of Youth Advocate Programs in Milwaukee, said the program will also offer assistance to the family members of participating youths. Alison Dirr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 5 May 2021 In 1979, a messenger arrived from deep space: satellites detected a mysteriously short and powerful flash of gamma rays, the highest-energy form of light. Meagan Cantwell, Science | AAAS, 23 Apr. 2021

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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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21 Jul 2021

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“Messenger.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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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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