a person who carries a message or goes on an errand for another, especially as a matter of duty or business.
a person employed to convey official dispatches or to go on other official or special errands: a bank messenger.
a rope or chain made into an endless belt to pull on an anchor cable or to drive machinery from some power source, as a capstan or winch.
a light line by which a heavier line, as a hawser, can be pulled across a gap between a ship and a pier, a buoy, another ship, etc.
Oceanography. a brass weight sent down a line to actuate a Nansen bottle or other oceanographic instrument.
Archaic. a herald, forerunner, or harbinger.
verb (used with object)
to send by messenger.

1175–1225; Middle English messager, messangere < Anglo-French; Old French messagier. See message, -er2

1. bearer, courier. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
messenger (ˈmɛsɪndʒə)
1.  a person who takes messages from one person or group to another or others
2.  a person who runs errands or is employed to run errands
3.  a carrier of official dispatches; courier
4.  nautical
 a.  a light line used to haul in a heavy rope
 b.  an endless belt of chain, rope, or cable, used on a powered winch to take off power
5.  archaic a herald
[C13: from Old French messagier, from message]

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Word Origin & History

early 13c., messager, from O.Fr. messagier, from message (see message). With parasitic -n- inserted by c.1300 for no apparent reason except that people liked to say it that way (cf. passenger, harbinger, scavenger).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Bible Dictionary

Messenger definition

(Heb. mal'ak, Gr. angelos), an angel, a messenger who runs on foot, the bearer of despatches (Job 1:14; 1 Sam. 11:7; 2 Chr. 36:22); swift of foot (2 Kings 9:18).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Example sentences
Messenger has already revealed plenty of tantalising information.
One of its jobs is to act as a messenger carrying genetic information from a
  cell's nucleus to the machinery which makes proteins.
Demonize and dehumanize the messenger, the message will become forgotten.
He had been looking for someone who knew the university and could act as a
  confidante and a messenger.
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