errand

[ er-uhnd ]
/ ˈɛr ənd /

noun

a short and quick trip to accomplish a specific purpose, as to buy something, deliver a package, or convey a message, often for someone else.
the purpose of such a trip: He finished his errands.
a special mission or function entrusted to a messenger; commission.

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Origin of errand

before 900; Middle English erande, Old English ærende; cognate with Old High German āruntī; compare Old English ār messenger, Gothic airus
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British Dictionary definitions for errand

errand
/ (ˈɛrənd) /

noun

a short trip undertaken to perform a necessary task or commission (esp in the phrase run errands)
the purpose or object of such a trip

Word Origin for errand

Old English ǣrende; related to ār messenger, Old Norse erendi message, Old High German ārunti, Swedish ärende
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Idioms and Phrases with errand

errand

see fool's errand; run an errand.

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