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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Messenger \Mes"sen*ger\, n. [OE. messager, OF. messagier, F.
messager. See Message.]
1. One who bears a message; the bearer of a verbal or written
communication, notice, or invitation, from one person to
another, or to a public body; specifically, an office
servant who bears messages.
2. One who, or that which, foreshows, or foretells.
Yon gray lines
That fret the clouds are messengers of day. --Shak.
3. (Naut.) A hawser passed round the capstan, and having its
two ends lashed together to form an endless rope or chain;
-- formerly used for heaving in the cable.
4. (Law) A person appointed to perform certain ministerial
duties under bankrupt and insolvent laws, such as to take
charge of the estate of the bankrupt or insolvent.
Syn: Carrier; intelligencer; courier; harbinger; forerunner;
Messenger bird, the secretary bird, from its swiftness.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
n 1: a person who carries a message [syn: messenger,
From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :
58 Moby Thesaurus words for "messenger":
Hermes, Mercury, Pheidippides, ancestor, announcer, antecedent,
avant-garde, bellwether, buccinator, buccinator novi temporis,
bushwhacker, commissar, commissary, commissionaire, commissioner,
courier, delegate, emissary, envoy, explorer, forebear, foregoer,
forerunner, foreshadower, front runner, frontiersman, fugleman,
go-between, gofer, groundbreaker, guide, harbinger, herald,
innovator, intermediary, lead runner, leader, legate, minister,
nuncio, page, pathfinder, pioneer, point, precedent, precursor,
predecessor, premonitor, presager, runner, scout, secretary,
stormy petrel, trailblazer, trailbreaker, vanguard, vaunt-courier,
From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :
(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).
From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :
MESSENGER. A person appointed to perform certain duties, generally of a
2. In England, a messenger appointed under the bankrupt laws, is an
officer who is authorized to execute the lawful commands of commissioners of
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