- a person who carries a message or goes on an errand for another, especially as a matter of duty or business.
- a person employed to convey official dispatches or to go on other official or special errands: a bank messenger.
- a rope or chain made into an endless belt to pull on an anchor cable or to drive machinery from some power source, as a capstan or winch.
- a light line by which a heavier line, as a hawser, can be pulled across a gap between a ship and a pier, a buoy, another ship, etc.
- Oceanography. a brass weight sent down a line to actuate a Nansen bottle or other oceanographic instrument.
- Archaic. a herald, forerunner, or harbinger.
- to send by messenger.
Origin of messenger
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1. bearer, courier.
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“If an angel be a messenger of God, I trow he is one,” said Tibble.The Armourer's Prentices
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A note came by a messenger who waited for no answer, as he told the yawning maid.Within the Law
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Sometimes when there was quarreling between the clans they would not receive a messenger.The Trail Book
- a person who takes messages from one person or group to another or others
- a person who runs errands or is employed to run errands
- a carrier of official dispatches; courier
- a light line used to haul in a heavy rope
- an endless belt of chain, rope, or cable, used on a powered winch to take off power
- archaic a herald
C13: from Old French messagier, from message
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Word Origin and History for messenger
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