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 for messenger
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.
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     2. One who, or that which, foreshows, or foretells.
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              Yon gray lines
              That fret the clouds are messengers of day. --Shak.
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     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.
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     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.
        --Bouvier. Tomlins.
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     Syn: Carrier; intelligencer; courier; harbinger; forerunner;
          precursor; herald.
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     Messenger bird, the secretary bird, from its swiftness.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  messenger
      n 1: a person who carries a message [syn: messenger,
           courier]

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,
     voortrekker
  
  

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

  Messenger
     (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 
  ministerial character. 
       2. In England, a messenger appointed under the bankrupt laws, is an 
  officer who is authorized to execute the lawful commands of commissioners of 
  bankrupts. 
  
  

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