- a communication containing some information, news, advice, request, or the like, sent by messenger, telephone, email, or other means.
- an official communication, as from a chief executive to a legislative body: the president's message to Congress.
- Digital Technology. a post or reply on an online message board.
- the inspired utterance of a prophet or sage.
- the point, moral, or meaning of a gesture, utterance, novel, motion picture, etc.
- Computers. a warning, permission, etc., communicated by the system or software to the user: an error message; a message to allow blocked content.
- to send a message, especially an electronic message.
- to send (a person) a message.
- to send as a message.
- get the message, Informal. to understand or comprehend, especially to infer the correct meaning from circumstances, hints, etc.: If we don't invite him to the party, maybe he'll get the message.
Origin of message
Related Words for messageinformation, notice, word, directive, memo, memorandum, note, letter, report, news, theme, sense, wire, intelligence, dope, tidings, epistle, dispatch, missive, paper
Examples from the Web for message
Contemporary Examples of message
When it comes to educating our children, Congress should heed that message, not ignore it.The ‘No Child’ Rewrite Threatens Your Kids’ Future
January 3, 2015
Leelah Alcorn's message was sent, and heard, and things started changing.
Does the sending of the message “justify” the tragedy that caused it?
But the act of killing herself done, the message was sent, and heard, and things started changing.
The daily message of that outsized shield to Ramos was that just wearing the NYPD inform can make you a target.In The Shadow of Murdered Cops
December 26, 2014
Historical Examples of message
Geta dared trust no one but me to carry a message to Clinias.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
To the porter who answered his ring he handed the message to be put off at the first stop.
He returned at length with the message, "The lady says will you please step up-stairs."
A bat circled near, indecisively, as if with a message it hesitated to give.
Will you deliver your message, name your place and hour, and I shall meet you.
- a communication, usually brief, from one person or group to another
- an implicit meaning or moral, as in a work of art
- a formal communiqué
- an inspired communication of a prophet or religious leader
- a mission; errand
- (plural) Scot shoppinggoing for the messages
- get the message informal to understand what is meant
- (tr) to send as a message, esp to signal (a plan, etc)
Word Origin for message
c.1300, "communication transmitted via a messenger," from Old French message "message, news, tidings, embassy" (11c.), from Medieval Latin missaticum, from Latin missus "a sending away, sending, despatching; a throwing, hurling," noun use of past participle of mittere "to send" (see mission). The Latin word is glossed in Old English by ærende. Specific religious sense of "divinely inspired communication via a prophet" (1540s) led to transferred sense of "the broad meaning (of something)," first attested 1828. To get the message "understand" is from 1960.
see get the message.