courier

[kur-ee-er, koor-]
noun
1.
a messenger, usually traveling in haste, bearing urgent news, important reports or packages, diplomatic messages, etc.
2.
any means of carrying news, messages, etc., regularly.
3.
the conveyance used by a courier, as an airplane or ship.
4.
Chiefly British. a tour guide for a travel agency.

Origin:
1350–1400; < Middle French cour(r)ier < Italian corriere, equivalent to corr(ere) to run (< Latin currere) + -iere < Latin -ārius -ary; replacing Middle English corour < Anglo-French cor(i)our, Old French coreor < Late Latin curritor runner; see current, -tor

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courier (ˈkʊərɪə)
 
n
1.  a special messenger, esp one carrying diplomatic correspondence
2.  a person who makes arrangements for or accompanies a group of travellers on a journey or tour
 
vb
3.  (tr) to send (a parcel, letter, etc) by courier
 
[C16: from Old French courrier, from Old Latin corriere, from correre to run, from Latin currere]

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courier
late 14c., from Anglo-Fr. courrier, from O.Fr. coreor, ult. from L. currere "to run" (see current).
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courier definition


  1. n.
    a small-time drug seller; a drug runner; a carrier of contraband. (Drugs.) : The cops can catch the couriers whenever they want. It's the big guys they're after.
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Example sentences
Many couriers and messengers work for messenger or courier services.
Those with experience may open their own courier and messenger business and work as independent contractors.
When the load is too small to justify a truck, it is sometimes sent by courier.
They would prefer working as messengers, pizza delivery, courier or wheels.
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