messenger

[ mes-uhn-jer ]
/ ˈmɛs ən dʒər /

noun

a person who carries a message or goes on an errand for another, especially as a matter of duty or business.
a person employed to convey official dispatches or to go on other official or special errands: a bank messenger.
Nautical.
  1. a rope or chain made into an endless belt to pull on an anchor cable or to drive machinery from some power source, as a capstan or winch.
  2. a light line by which a heavier line, as a hawser, can be pulled across a gap between a ship and a pier, a buoy, another ship, etc.
Oceanography. a brass weight sent down a line to actuate a Nansen bottle or other oceanographic instrument.
Archaic. a herald, forerunner, or harbinger.

verb (used with object)

to send by messenger.

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Origin of messenger

1175–1225; Middle English messager, messangere<Anglo-French; Old French messagier.See message, -er2
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British Dictionary definitions for messenger

messenger
/ (ˈmɛsɪndʒə) /

noun

a person who takes messages from one person or group to another or others
a person who runs errands or is employed to run errands
a carrier of official dispatches; courier
nautical
  1. a light line used to haul in a heavy rope
  2. an endless belt of chain, rope, or cable, used on a powered winch to take off power
archaic a herald

Word Origin for messenger

C13: from Old French messagier, from message
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