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courier

[kur-ee-er, koo r-] /ˈkɜr i ər, ˈkʊər-/
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
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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Examples from the web for courier
  • 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.
  • But it wasn't an illegal immigrant in search of a job, or a courier in the drug trade.
  • He works as an independent now, picking up work from a variety of courier companies.
  • Anyone who has used a proper courier bag will be familiar with this.
  • Various schemes might further protect goods from the errant courier and provide receipts as needed.
  • In my experience, the latter had decent prices for the weight, compared to mail or courier prices.
  • One of my good friends from high school owns his own courier service.
British Dictionary definitions for courier

courier

/ˈkʊərɪə/
noun
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
verb
3.
(transitive) to send (a parcel, letter, etc) by courier
Word Origin
C16: from Old French courrier, from Old Latin corriere, from correre to run, from Latin currere
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Word Origin and History for courier
n.

mid-14c., from Anglo-French courrier, from Old French coreor, ultimately an agent noun from Latin currere "to run" (see current (adj.)).

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Slang definitions & phrases for courier

courier

noun

A small-time drug dealer or drug runner: the courier does not get much money


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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