American English

Definition of carrier noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a company that carries goods or passengers from one place to another, especially by air Delta Air Lines, the third-largest carrier in the U.S.
  2. 2a person or thing that carries something Aquarius, the Water Carrier a baby carrier (= for carrying a baby on your back or in front of you)
  3. 3a company that provides a telephone or Internet service a telecommunications carrier cell phone carriers
  4. 4a person or animal that passes a disease to other people or animals but does not suffer from it
  5. 5a military vehicle or ship that carries soldiers or equipment from one place to another an armored personnel carrier see also aircraft carrier
  6. 6a metal frame that is attached to a bicycle and used for carrying bags
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: carrier