Mes"sen*ger (?), n. [OE. messager, OF. messagier, F. messager. See Message.]


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.


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 og the estate of the bankrupt or insolvent.

Bouvier. Tomlins.

Syn. -- Carrier; intelligencer; courier; harbinger; forerunner; precursor; herald.

Messenger bird, the secretary bird, from its swiftness.


© Webster 1913.