courier

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English corour, currour, from Old French coreor, agent noun of corir (to run).

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Noun[edit]

courier (plural couriers)

  1. A person who delivers messages.
    Synonym: messenger
  2. A company that delivers messages.
  3. A company that transports goods.
  4. (Internet) A user who earns access to a topsite by uploading warez.
    • 1999, Adrian Dunn, “Re: Using a scanned picture in your demo”, in comp.sys.ibm.pc.demos (Usenet):
      You can always find musicians. There are more trackers than coders, pixelers, organizers, couriers, and designers combined.
    • 2005, Paul Craig, Ron Honick, Mark Burnett, Software Piracy Exposed, page 2:
      These sites have enormous hard drives and bandwidth for couriers to distribute the software from one site to the next.
  5. A person who looks after and guides tourists.
    Synonyms: guide, rep, tourist guide
    • 1914, G. K. Chesterton, “The Paradise of Thieves”, in The Wisdom of Father Brown, p. 29:
      "A courier!" cried Muscari, laughing. "Is that the last of your list of trades? And whom are you conducting?"

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courier (third-person singular simple present couriers, present participle couriering, simple past and past participle couriered)

  1. To deliver by courier.
    We'll have the contract couriered to you.

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courier m or f by sense (plural couriers)

  1. courier