General English


  • noun a piece of news which is sent to someone
  • noun information given on a little screen on a computer, printer, fax machine, etc.


  • noun a piece of information sent from one person to another
  • noun a defined amount of information


  • A given amount of information which is transferred from one entity, such as a device, user, application, or system, to another. Also, the information contained in such a communication, which may be text, control characters, commands, images, audio, and so on. Also, to send such a message.
  • A message (1) consisting of an email sent over a communications network such as the Internet.
  • In programming, a message (1) utilized to request or call an action, operation, function, object, or the like.
  • abbreviationmsg

Information & Library Science

  • noun a piece of information that you send or leave for somebody


  • noun an idea that is communicated by promotion

Media Studies

  • noun the informational content of a piece of communication
  • noun a lesson, moral, or important idea communicated, e.g. in a work of art


  • noun a verbal or written instruction, request, question or statement, which is passed from one person to another

Origin & History of “message”

Etymologically, a message is something that is ‘sent’. The word comes via Old French message from vulgar Latin *missāticum, a derivative of the Latin verb mittere (from which English also gets admit, mission, transmit, etc). Messenger (13th c.) comes from the Old French derivative messager, and was originally messager in English; the n is a 14th-century intruder, found also in such words as harbinger and passenger.