[kur-ee-er, koo r-]


a messenger, usually traveling in haste, bearing urgent news, important reports or packages, diplomatic messages, etc.
any means of carrying news, messages, etc., regularly.
the conveyance used by a courier, as an airplane or ship.
Chiefly British. a tour guide for a travel agency.

Nearby words

  1. courbevoie,
  2. coureur de bois,
  3. coureurs de bois,
  4. courgette,
  5. courie,
  6. courlan,
  7. courland,
  8. cournand,
  9. courrèges,
  10. course

Origin of courier

1350–1400; < Middle French cour(r)ier < Italian corriere, equivalent to corr(ere) to run (< Latin currere) + -iere < Latin -ārius -ary; replacing Middle English corour < Anglo-French cor(i)our, Old French coreor < Late Latin curritor runner; see current, -tor Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for courier

British Dictionary definitions for courier



a special messenger, esp one carrying diplomatic correspondence
a person who makes arrangements for or accompanies a group of travellers on a journey or tour


(tr) to send (a parcel, letter, etc) by courier

Word Origin for courier

C16: from Old French courrier, from Old Latin corriere, from correre to run, from Latin currere

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Word Origin and History for courier



mid-14c., from Anglo-French courrier, from Old French coreor, ultimately an agent noun from Latin currere "to run" (see current (adj.)).

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