messenger

[mes-uhn-jer]

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.

Nearby words

  1. messapian,
  2. messapic,
  3. messed up,
  4. messeigneurs,
  5. messene,
  6. messenger rna,
  7. messenia,
  8. messerschmitt,
  9. messiaen,
  10. messiaen, olivier

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

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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Word Origin and History for messenger

messenger

n.

c.1200, messager, from Old French messagier "messenger, envoy, ambassador," from message (see message (n.)). With parasitic -n- inserted by c.1300 for no apparent reason except that people liked to say it that way (cf. passenger, harbinger, scavenger).

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