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carrier

[ kar-ee-er ]
/ ˈkær i ər /
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noun
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Origin of carrier

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at carry, -er1

OTHER WORDS FROM carrier

in·ter·car·ri·er, nounnon·car·ri·er, nounsu·per·car·ri·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for carrier (1 of 2)

carrier
/ (ˈkærɪə) /

noun

British Dictionary definitions for carrier (2 of 2)

Carrier
/ (ˈkærɪə) /

noun
a member of an Athapaskan Native North American people of British Columbia
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Scientific definitions for carrier

carrier
[ kărē-ər ]

A person, animal, or plant that serves as a host for a pathogen and can transmit it to others, but is immune to it. Mosquitoes are carriers of malaria.
An organism that carries a gene for a trait but does not show the trait itself. Carriers can produce offspring that express the trait by mating with another carrier of the same gene. See more at recessive.
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