Definition of messenger noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈmesɪndʒə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmesɪndʒər//
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  • a person who gives a message to somebody or who delivers messages to people as a job He sent the order by messenger. a motorcycle messenger Don’t blame me for the bad news—I’m just the messenger.
  • Word OriginMiddle English: from Old Northern French messanger, variant of Old French messager, from Latin missus, past participle of mittere ‘send’.Idioms to blame the person who gives the news that something bad has happened, instead of the person who is really responsible Don't shoot the messenger!
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: messenger