n. & v.
1. an oral or written communication sent by one person to another.
2 an inspired or significant communication from a prophet, writer, or preacher.
3 a mission or errand.
4 (in pl.) Sc. & N.Engl. things bought; shopping.
1. send as a message.
2 transmit (a plan etc.) by signalling etc.
Phrases and idioms:
get the message colloq. understand what is meant. message stick Austral. a stick carved with significant marks, carried as identification by Aboriginal messengers.
Etymology: ME f. OF ult. f. L mittere miss- send