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

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Synonyms for messenger

Synonyms

courier, express [British], 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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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 In many ways, that’s a good fit for McCarthy, who has worked to ingratiate himself with conservatives in the House and has always been a stronger political messenger than a policy mastermind. Tara Golshan, Vox, "How a small, Trumpy group of House Republicans wants to keep a check on Democrats," 29 Nov. 2018 Ahmadis believe another Islamic prophet, Ahmad, appeared in the 19th century, a view at odds with the fundamental Islamic principle that Muhammad was the final messenger sent by God. Fox News, "Pakistan's Ahmadis fearful as leaders bow to extremists," 28 Sep. 2018 The song is the power; the singer is the messenger. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "From Kennedy's Killer to an Ivanka Romance: The Wildest Claims from Quincy Jones' New Interview," 8 Feb. 2018 To begin this process, think of each planet’s specific function: Mercury is a messenger, Venus is a matchmaker, and Mars is a warrior. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "The 12 Astrological Houses: Interpreting Your Birth Chart Beyond the Zodiac," 6 Oct. 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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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

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