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


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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The siblings' father worked as a messenger for the Vatican, and the family lived in Vatican City State. Paulina Dedaj, Fox News, "No bones found in Vatican tombs searched for missing girl," 11 July 2019 Rallying Cry: Old hauntings are simply new messengers in disguise. Bess Matassa, Teen Vogue, "Weekly Horoscopes January 8-14," 8 Jan. 2014 Macron said the leaders agreed during a dinner the night before that the French president could serve as a G-7 messenger to Iran. CBS News, "Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif makes surprise G-7 appearance in France," 25 Aug. 2019 The top five include: taxi drivers and chauffers (thanks to Uber and Lyft), construction laborers, industrial engineers (including health and safety), couriers and messengers, and veterinarians. Halley Bondy, NBC News, "In the know: Women in the news 8/19-8/23," 23 Aug. 2019 Thousands of people camped outside the French coastal resort of Biarritz for G-7 protests are, to say the least, a little skeptical of the new messengers and their motives. Washington Post, "Protesters skeptical as G7 claims anti-globalization mantle," 22 Aug. 2019 Avoid making hasty decisions while the messenger planet makes his way through these areas. Venus Australis,, "Your Horoscope This Week," 14 July 2019 On the ’80s, bike messengers, and Alaïa Everybody was thinking about body clothes in the ’80s, literally everybody. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "What Does Isaac Mizrahi, Who Showed Bike Shorts Back in 1988, Think of Them Now? Read On . . .," 12 Nov. 2018 The treatment creates an electric current that will result in the release neurotransmitters, essentially the body’s chemical messengers, such as serotonin and dopamine. Mike Glenn, Houston Chronicle, "Katy psychiatrist offers new treatment options for depression," 24 June 2019

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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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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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