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angel

noun an·gel \ˈān-jəl\

: a spiritual being that serves especially as a messenger from God or as a guardian of human beings

: a person (such as a child) who is very good, kind, beautiful, etc.

Full Definition of ANGEL

1
a :  a spiritual being superior to humans in power and intelligence; especially :  one in the lowest rank in the celestial hierarchy
b plural :  an order of angels — see celestial hierarchy
2
:  an attendant spirit or guardian
3
:  a usually white-robed winged figure of human form in fine art
4
:  messenger, harbinger <angel of death>
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:  a person like an angel (as in looks or behavior)
6
Christian Science :  inspiration from God
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:  one (as a backer of a theatrical venture) who aids or supports with money or influence
8
:  angelfish
an·gel·ic \an-ˈje-lik\ or an·gel·i·cal \-li-kəl\ adjective
an·gel·i·cal·ly \-li-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of ANGEL

  1. Your son is such an angel!
  2. He's not a bad kid, but he's no angel.
  3. Be an angel and get me a cup of tea, would you?

Origin of ANGEL

Middle English, from Old English engel & Anglo-French angele; both from Late Latin angelus, from Greek angelos, literally, messenger
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Christian Religious Terms

Pentateuch, blasphemy, curate, doxology, eremite, iconoclasm, liturgy, orison, pneuma, reliquary

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