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messenger

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Pronunciation: /ˈmɛsɪn(d)ʒə
 
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Definition of messenger in English:

noun

1A person who carries a message or is employed to carry messages.
Example sentences
  • Agni was the next and was important in the sacrifices and was considered as a messenger, carrying the messages to the heavens, as the flames of the sacrificial fires ascended upwards.
  • In Ancient Egypt, the Pharaoh's messengers and diplomatic envoys carried with them the seal of the Pharaoh, production of which guaranteed the carrier free and unhindered passage throughout the region.
  • But the really amazing thing is that so many others in the free world not only do not agree but loathe and detest this message and its messengers.
Synonyms
message-bearer, message-carrier, postman, courier, errand boy/girl, runner, dispatch rider, envoy, emissary, agent, go-between, legate, nuncio, herald, harbinger
1.1 Biochemistry A substance that conveys information or a stimulus within the body: nitric oxide is an intercellular messenger
More example sentences
  • As the body's chemical messengers, hormones transfer information and instructions from one set of cells to another.
  • It translates genetic information from messenger ribonucleic acid and makes protein accordingly.
  • ‘Some plasticizers can mimic the effects of certain hormones - they're chemical messengers in the body,’ she says.

verb

[with object] chiefly US Back to top  
Send (a document or package) by messenger: could you have it messengered over to me?
More example sentences
  • Knowing I was ill she messengered me over some echinacea and zinc and ginger tea.
  • But I think, as circumstance would have it, she was anticipating, I think, a script to be messengered, and there was a buzz at her door.
  • Arnaz phones the night club, has Stack paged and asks him to go home and read some scripts that are being messengered to his doorstep.

Origin

Middle English: from Old Northern French messanger, variant of Old French messager, from Latin missus (see message).

Phrases

shoot (or kill) the messenger

1
Treat the bearer of bad news as if they were to blame for it: I was only reporting—no point in shooting the messenger
More example sentences
  • There is no time to be wasted by shooting the messenger of bad news.
  • The British public can't allow the Labour Party to shoot the messenger of such important news.
  • Calling them names for doing so is like shooting the messenger who brings bad news.

Words that rhyme with messenger

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