- 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.
Origin of courier
Examples from the Web for courier
“Masters had connections with survivalists,” Grants Pass Daily Courier (PDF) reporter Edith Decker wrote in 2010.The Godfather of Right-Wing Radio
November 23, 2014
For this, the courier can expect one to three years of prison time for the felony of “promoting prison contraband.”This Anti-Heroin Drug Is Now King of the Jailhouse Drug Trade
July 17, 2014
Looch is the editor-publisher of an internationally respected lefty newspaper called the Russian Courier.This 1979 Novel Predicted Putin’s Invasion Of Crimea
May 18, 2014
On Sunday, April 21, a full-page ad in The Post and Courier ran under the headline, “A Personal Message from Mark Sanford.”Mark Sanford’s Formidable Opponent: Stephen Colbert’s Sister
April 29, 2013
The courier then leads the CIA agents to a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, where Maya believes bin Laden is shacked up.‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Doesn’t Promote Torture
December 11, 2012
The Courier, with agitation in his voice, announced 'Miss Mairdale!'
The Courier in the rumble was not altogether comfortable in his mind.
It was therefore necessary to dispatch a courier to Mexico, and to wait his return.The History of Louisiana
Le Page Du Pratz
This will be confirmed by your official attendant, who will be an Envoy's Courier.Vivian Grey
Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
Maids, courier, and heavier luggage had been sent on earlier by the branch-line.Howards End
E. M. Forster
- 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 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.)).