Meaning of messenger in English:


Pronunciation /ˈmɛsɪn(d)ʒə/

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  • 1A person who carries a message or is employed to carry messages.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘Some of us just refuse to react, blaming the messengers for their message and accusing the scientists of scaremongering.’
    • ‘Perhaps by then city staff will have reported on what they think the impact of this could be on the city economy - although finding a messenger to deliver the message may be difficult.’
    • ‘Margaret joined West Middlesex Hospital at the tender age of 15, employed as a messenger on just £2.50 for a 43-hour week.’
    • ‘After he was demobbed in 1946 the couple, who have no children, lived in London, where Ron was employed as a messenger by a national newspaper.’
    • ‘Unable to disprove an unpalatable message, the messenger has been shot.’
    • ‘Indeed, what will decide this election in the next three weeks is whether Americans are voting on the message or the messenger.’
    • ‘He was employed as a foot messenger, so he was on the subway frequently and took advantage of it, doing motion tags.’
    • ‘Negotiations about the precise wording of the speech are intense, with messages and messengers traversing the strait on a near-daily basis.’
    • ‘Changing perceptions requires powerful combinations of messages, messengers and media.’
    • ‘They had spent a great deal of time copying the letters that would be carried by messengers to the various leaders of the Elders around the world.’
    • ‘They had a very hierarchical structure but operated with extremely slow communications, such as notes carried by messengers and face-to-face meetings.’
    • ‘It was generally a servant's task to take messages from the messengers.’
    • ‘If no traders could be found, special messengers had to be employed for the task.’
    • ‘All members can be alerted to urgent messages by messengers or via the party whips.’
    • ‘Notwithstanding the authority of the messenger, the message deserves examination on its own terms.’
    • ‘Eve's action was based on the hearing of an evil message from an evil messenger.’
    • ‘Manto is only a messenger, she is carrying out duties laid out by government.’
    message-bearer, message-carrier, postman, courier, errand boy, errand girl, runner, dispatch rider, envoy, emissary, agent, go-between, legate, nuncio, herald, harbinger
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    1. 1.1Biochemistry A substance that conveys information or a stimulus within the body.
      ‘nitric oxide is an intercellular messenger’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘RNA is the messenger molecule that takes information from DNA and uses it to make proteins.’
      • ‘The afternoon slump, when eyelids droop and shoulders sag, is the result of a complicated dance of the body's chemical messengers.’


[with object]
  • Send (a document or package) by messenger.

    ‘could you have it messengered over to me?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He swore that my parents would be messengered a letter saying I had been accepted to an exclusive school.’
    • ‘But Jandd's massive Gabriel messenger bag is closer to the size most hard-working street urchins on wheels actually use for messengering, and it's definitely up to the task.’
    • ‘Would you like us to have it messengered to you or would you come in and pick it up yourself?’
    • ‘One day I received by messenger a dirty and smudged envelope with no return address.’
    • ‘If that's the case, Perle can messenger or e-mail the transcripts to me, and I'll get them posted on the Web overnight.’
    • ‘This speech does not report the movement of the betrothal message, from kingly words recounted, to messenger, to scroll, to herald's voice.’


    shoot the messenger
    • Treat the bearer of bad news as if they were to blame for it.

      ‘I was only reporting—no point in shooting the messenger’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We know that many people have an unfortunate tendency to kill the messenger who bears bad news, and sometimes it is necessary to take this tendency into account.’
      • ‘It was much like a potentate of yore shooting the messenger carrying bad news.’
      • ‘It is indeed a sorry state of affairs when Irish politicians resort to shooting the messenger when election results are not to their liking.’
      • ‘If only such people could focus their energies on the real issues in society, rather than insisting on shooting the messenger.’
      • ‘The truth hurts, but that's no excuse for trying to shoot the messenger.’
      • ‘When people don't believe bad news, or don't want to believe it can affect them, the tendency is to shoot the messenger.’
      • ‘If it were not for the Press, this situation could have continued indefinitely - so please don't shoot the messenger.’


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