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angel

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noun an·gel \ˈān-jəl\

Simple Definition of angel

  • : 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. 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. 2 :  an attendant spirit or guardian

  3. 3 :  a usually white-robed winged figure of human form in fine art

  4. 4 :  messenger, harbinger <angel of death>

  5. 5 :  a person like an angel (as in looks or behavior)

  6. 6 Christian Science :  inspiration from God

  7. 7 :  one (as a backer of a theatrical venture) who aids or supports with money or influence

  8. 8 :  angelfish

an·gel·icplay \an-ˈje-lik\ or an·gel·i·cal play \-li-kəl\ adjective
an·gel·i·cal·ly play \-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

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