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courier

[ kur-ee-er, koor- ]
/ ˈkɜr i ər, ˈkʊər- /
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noun

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.

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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
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British Dictionary definitions for courier

courier
/ (ˈkʊərɪə) /

noun

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

verb

(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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