What does message mean?

Definitions for message
ˈmɛs ɪdʒmes·sage

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. messagenoun

    a communication (usually brief) that is written or spoken or signaled

    "he sent a three-word message"

  2. message, content, subject matter, substanceverb

    what a communication that is about something is about

  3. messageverb

    send a message to

    "She messaged the committee"

  4. messageverb

    send as a message

    "She messaged the final report by fax"

  5. messageverb

    send a message

    "There is no messaging service at this company"


  1. messagenoun

    A communication, or what is communicated; any concept or information conveyed.

  2. messagenoun

    An underlying theme or conclusion to be drawn from something.

  3. messagenoun

    A text message

  4. messagenoun

    An instant message

  5. messagenoun

    An email

  6. messageverb

    To send a message to; to transmit a message to, e.g. as text via a cell phone.

  7. messageverb

    To send (something) as a message; usually refers to electronic messaging.

  8. messageverb

    To send a message or messages; to be capable of sending messages.

  9. messageverb

    To bear as a message.

  10. Etymology: from missaticum, from mittere, missum.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Messagenoun

    An errand; any thing committed to another to be told to a third.

    Etymology: message, Fr.

    She doth display
    The gate with pearls and rubies richly dight,
    Through which her words so wise do make their way,
    To bear the message of her spright. Edmund Spenser, Sonnet 81.

    May one, that is a herald and a prince,
    Do a fair message to his kingly ears! William Shakespeare.

    She is fair, and, fairer than that word,
    Of wond’rous virtues; sometimes from her eyes
    I did receive fair speechless messages. William Shakespeare.

    Gently hast thou told
    Thy message, which might else in telling wound,
    And in performing end us. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. xi.

    Let the minister be low, his interest inconsiderable, the word will suffer for his sake; the message will still find reception according to the dignity of the messenger. South.

    The welcome message made, was soon receiv’d;
    ’Twas to be wish’d and hop’d, but scarce believ’d. Dryden.


  1. Message

    A message is a discrete unit of communication intended by the source for consumption by some recipient or group of recipients. A message may be delivered by various means, including courier, telegraphy, carrier pigeon and electronic bus. A message can be the content of a broadcast. An interactive exchange of messages forms a conversation.One example of a message is a press release, which may vary from a brief report or statement released by a public agency to commercial publicity material.


  1. message

    A message refers to a piece of information or communication that is intended to be conveyed from one individual or entity to another. It can be transmitted through various mediums such as spoken or written words, gestures, actions, or symbols. A message typically carries a specific meaning or purpose and is intended to elicit a response or change in the recipient.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Messagenoun

    any notice, word, or communication, written or verbal, sent from one person to another

  2. Messagenoun

    hence, specifically, an official communication, not made in person, but delivered by a messenger; as, the President's message

  3. Messageverb

    to bear as a message

  4. Messagenoun

    a messenger

  5. Etymology: [OE., fr. OF. message, fr. LL. missaticus. See 1st Message.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Message

    mes′āj, n. any communication sent from one person to another: an errand: an official communication, of advice, &c., as a President's Message in the United States.—n. Mess′enger, the bearer of a message: a forerunner: a light scudding cloud preceding a storm: a piece of paper, &c., blown up the string to the kite: the secretary-bird: a rope or chain by which cables were formerly connected to the capstan when heaving up the anchor: (Scots law) an officer who executes the summonses of the Court of Session, called a Mess′enger-at-arms.—Queen's, or King's, messenger, an officer who carries official despatches whether at home or abroad. [Fr.,—Low L. missaticum—L. mittĕre, missum, to send.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. message

    Any thought or idea expressed briefly in a plain or secret language and prepared in a form suitable for transmission by any means of communication.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. message

    Word sent; more especially a dispatch signaled or telegraphed.

Editors Contribution

  1. message

    A form of communication.

    They did message their families and share the good news if their wedding.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 16, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'message' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1519

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'message' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1618

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'message' in Nouns Frequency: #522

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of message in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of message in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of message in a Sentence

  1. Bonnie Kate Pourciau:

    When justice isn't served, there's a brutal message delivered to the victims, when the punishment doesn't fit the crime, the message to the victims is that your loss, your pain isn't important. The message was that the state of Colorado values the life of a mass murderer more than the people he murdered.

  2. Alex Vatanka:

    The message Iran is recruiting with, like it or not, is a sectarian message, that is a message that is inherently dangerous and can get out of hand.

  3. Lowell Milken:

    That education is the most important of all professions is a message the public should hear and understand. And, as importantly, a message that our educators need to hear as well.

  4. Peter McWilliams:

    Pain (any pain--emotional, physical, mental) has a message. The information it has about our life can be remarkably specific, but it usually falls into one of two categories We would be more alive if we did more of this, and, Life would be more lovely if we did less of that. Once we get the pain's message, and follow its advice, the pain goes away.

  5. P. J. O'Rourke:

    The Tenth Commandment sends a message to socialists, to egalitarians, to people obsessed with fairness, to American presidential candidates in the year 2000 - to everyone who believes that wealth should be redistributed. And that message is clear and concise: Go to Hell.

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