What does courier mean?

Definitions for courier
ˈkɜr i ər, ˈkʊər-couri·er

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word courier.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. messenger, couriernoun

    a person who carries a message


  1. Couriernoun

    A monospace font that resembles the characters produced by a typewriter.

  2. couriernoun

    A person who looks after and guides tourists.

  3. couriernoun

    A person who delivers messages.

  4. couriernoun

    A company that delivers messages.

  5. couriernoun

    A company that transports goods.

  6. courierverb

    To deliver by courier.

    We'll have the contract couriered to you.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Couriernoun

    A messenger sent in haste; an express; a runner.

    Etymology: courier, French.

    I met a courier, one mine ancient friend. William Shakespeare, Timon.

    This thing the wary bassa well perceiving, for more assurance, by speedy couriers advertised Solyman of the taking of Tauris, and of the enemy’s purpose, requesting him with all speed to repair with his army to Tauris. Richard Knolles, History.


  1. Courier

    A courier is a person or organisation that delivers a message, package or letter from one place or person to another place or person. Typically, a courier provides their courier service on a commercial contract basis; however, some couriers are government or state agency employees (for example: a diplomatic courier).


  1. courier

    A courier is a person or company responsible for delivering messages, packages, or mail, often between businesses or from a business to a customer. This service usually involves transports by various methods such as bikes, cars, trucks, or even trains and airplanes. Couriers may be employed by a specific organization, or could operate independently as part of a larger courier service.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Couriernoun

    a messenger sent with haste to convey letters or dispatches, usually on public business

  2. Couriernoun

    an attendant on travelers, whose business it is to make arrangements for their convenience at hotels and on the way

  3. Etymology: [F. courrier, fr. courre, courir, to run, L. currere. See Course, Current.]


  1. Courier

    A courier delivers messages, packages, and mail. Couriers are distinguished from ordinary mail services by features such as speed, security, tracking, signature, specialization and individualization of express services, and swift delivery times, which are optional for most everyday mail services. As a premium service, couriers are usually more expensive than standard mail services, and their use is typically restricted to packages where one or more of these features are considered important enough to warrant the cost. Courier services operate on all scales, from within specific towns or cities, to regional, national and global services. Large courier companies include DHL, ESTAFETA, FedEx, EMS International, TNT, UPS, and Aramex. These offer services worldwide, typically via a hub and spoke model.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Courier

    kōō′ri-ėr, n. a runner: a messenger: a state messenger: a travelling attendant: a frequent title of newspapers. [Fr.,—L. currĕre, to run.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. courier

    [BBS & cracker cultures] A person who distributes newly cracked warez, as opposed to a server who makes them available for download or a leech who merely downloads them. Hackers recognize this term but don't use it themselves, as the act is not part of their culture. See also warez d00dz, cracker, elite.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. courier

    A messenger (usually a commissioned or warrant officer) responsible for the secure physical transmission and delivery of documents and material. Generally referred to as a command or local courier.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. courier

    In a military sense, means a messenger sent post or express to carry dispatches of battles gained, lost, etc., or any other occurrences that happened in war.

Editors Contribution

  1. courier

    A social enterprise that delivers and transports goods and products

    The courier is so efficient.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 27, 2020  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Courier is ranked #58604 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Courier surname appeared 346 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Courier.

    95.9% or 332 total occurrences were White.
    1.7% or 6 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of courier in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of courier in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of courier in a Sentence

  1. Rod Doss:

    What the Courier is doing is letting everyone know what the plight of African-Americans is. in many instances we've been in the vanguard of creating change, because we do challenge the community from within.

  2. Dayang Trands ':

    The company hopes to enter the courier sector by injecting good-quality assets in the delivery business via this transaction.

  3. Xinhai Electric:

    The listed company's lighter business and other key operations have been slowing due to the wider economic climate, this transaction will allow the company to transform itself into a courier and logistics company, a sector that the government has been trying to develop.

  4. Vincent Clerc:

    The physical flow of documents with courier and local deliveries on bicycles, all of that will eventually go away.

  5. Marcos Giron:

    I grew up watching Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Jim Courier — all of these greats that were No. 1 in the world and multiple Grand Slam champions — and then after that, great competitors like Andy Roddick and James Blake. It is a little bit sad to see that we don’t have guys in the Top 10, the group now, we’re all very competitive, and we don’t want to be where we’re ranked. We’re all pushing hard. We have the skill and ability to make moves.

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Translations for courier

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  • куриер, пратеник, екскузовод, куриерска службаBulgarian
  • kurerDanish
  • Kurier, Reiseführer, KurierdienstGerman
  • mensajeroSpanish
  • پیکPersian
  • lähettiyritys, kuriiri, lähetti, opas, kuriiriyritysFinnish
  • coursier, courrier, messagerFrench
  • שליחה, שליחHebrew
  • futár, küldönc, idegenvezetőHungarian
  • corriereItalian
  • 運送会社, 郵便配達人, メッセンジャー, 旅行添乗員, ツアーコンダクター, 宅配会社Japanese
  • cursorLatin
  • correioPortuguese
  • curierRomanian
  • курьерская служба, экскурсовод, курьер, посыльный, гидRussian
  • kurirSwedish

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