- a person who carries a message or goes on an errand
- a person whose work is delivering telegrams, official dispatches, or the like
- Archaic a harbinger; forerunner
- Naut. a light line tied to a heavier one and used in pulling it as from a ship to a pier
Origin of messengerMiddle English messengere (with unhistoric -n-) ; from Old French messagier: see message
- One that carries messages or performs errands, as:a. A person employed to carry telegrams, letters, or parcels.b. A military or official courier.c. An envoy to another person, party, or government.
- A bearer of news.
- A forerunner; a harbinger: the crocus and other messengers of spring.
- a. A prophet.b. Messenger Islam Muhammad. Used with the.
- Nautical A chain or rope used for hauling in a cable. Also called messenger line.
transitive verbmes·sen·gered, mes·sen·ger·ing, mes·sen·gers
Origin of messengerMiddle English messanger, from Old French messagier, from message, message; see message.
- One who brings messages.
- (nautical) A light line with which a heavier line may be hauled e.g. from the deck of a ship to the pier.
- The supporting member of an aerial cable (electric power or telephone or data).
(third-person singular simple present messengers, present participle messengering, simple past and past participle messengered)
- To send something by messenger.
- I'll messenger over the signed documents.
From Old French messagier (French: messager), from message.