messenger meaning

messenger meaning

Use the noun messenger to refer to someone who brings you a message. Your mail carrier delivering a postcard and your gossipy friend calling to give you the latest news can each be described as a messenger.

Delivering messages for others is certainly a time-honored profession, since even the gods of Antiquity needed someone to do it — the Greeks had Hermes and the Romans had Mercury as their messenger gods. A messenger carries a message, and that’s where the word itself comes from: the Latin root of message is missus, which means “a sending away, sending, dispatching” and is the past participle of mittere, “send.”

Definitions of messenger
  1. noun

    a person who carries a message


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    conveyer, conveyor

    a person who conveys (carries or transmits)
    dispatch rider

    a messenger who carries military dispatches (usually on a motorcycle)
    herald, trumpeter

    (formal) a person who announces important news

    a messenger who bears or presents
    errand boy, messenger boy

    a boy who earns money by running errands

    someone who personally delivers a process (a writ compelling attendance in court) or court papers to the defendant

    a person who is employed to deliver messages or documents
    page, pageboy

    a boy who is employed to run errands

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    traveler, traveller

    a person who changes location
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