Courier
Courier Cou"ri*er (k??"r?-?r), n. [F. courrier, fr. courre, courir, to run, L. currere. See {Course}, {Current}.] 1. A messenger sent with haste to convey letters or dispatches, usually on public business. [1913 Webster]

The wary Bassa . . . by speedy couriers, advertised Solyman of the enemy's purpose. --Knolles. [1913 Webster]

2. An attendant on travelers, whose business it is to make arrangements for their convenience at hotels and on the way. [1913 Webster]


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