angel

noun
an·​gel | \ ˈān-jəl How to pronounce angel (audio) \

Definition of angel

1a : a spiritual being superior to humans in power and intelligence especially : one in the lowest rank in the celestial hierarchy
b angels plural : an order of angels — see celestial hierarchy
2 : an attendant spirit or guardian guardian angels who watch over us
3 : a usually white-robed winged figure of human form in fine art
4 : messenger, harbinger an angel of death
5 : a person who is like an angel (as in looks or behavior) Your son is such an angel. She's no angel. Be an angel and get me a cup of tea, would you?
6 Christian Science : inspiration from God
7 : one (such as a backer of a theatrical venture) who aids or supports with money or influence Angels funded the start-up company.
8 : angelfish

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Other Words from angel

angelic \ an-​ˈje-​lik How to pronounce angelic (audio) \ or angelical \ -​li-​kəl How to pronounce angelical (audio) \ adjective
angelically \ -​li-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce angelically (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for angel

Synonyms

dove, innocent, lamb, sheep

Antonyms

wolf

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Christie kicks out each leg to avoid tripping on her flared, angel-pink pants. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "The Making of Tomo Koizumi’s NYFW Debut," 9 Feb. 2019 Patrick Reed’s brother laid on his back and tried to make a snow angel. Doug Ferguson, The Seattle Times, "Mickelson beats everyone but the dark at Pebble," 11 Feb. 2019 During the delay, one caddie was seen laying on a fairway and flailing his arms and legs as if making a snow angel. Brian Costa, WSJ, "Is This the Year Phil Mickelson Wins the U.S. Open?," 11 Feb. 2019 More Theory Time: These angels are liiiiikely Iconians (which astute Star Trek fans have already observed), an ancient race that ruled the galaxy thousands of years before humans became warp capable. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "'Star Trek: Discovery' Gets Back to Basics," 25 Jan. 2019 As the slush accumulates in Washington, D.C., and federal government workers get their casual blue suits wet making snow angels, Newsweek is reporting what’s still open in D.C., New York City and Boston. James Tennent, Newsweek, "Winter Storm Toby: What's Still Open in D.C., New York and Boston?," 21 Mar. 2018 Even in a room filled with Victoria's Secret Angels, all eyes were on regulation hottie, my heart and soul, the purest angel of them all, Shawn Mendes. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "A Victoria's Secret Angel Just Tried To Kiss Shawn Mendes on the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Runway," 3 Dec. 2018 Before even getting down to the business of applying the angels' runway-ready looks, Charlotte prepared the skin of each model. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Charlotte Tilbury Shared the Makeup Used in This Year’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show," 8 Nov. 2018 Our antibodies kick in, and people of goodwill from across the political spectrum call out the bigots and the fear mongers and work to compromise and get things done and promote the better angels of our nature. Libby Nelson, Vox, "Read the full transcript of Obama’s fiery anti-Trump speech," 7 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of angel

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for angel

Middle English, from Old English engel & Anglo-French angele; both from Late Latin angelus, from Greek angelos, literally, messenger

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The first known use of angel was before the 12th century

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angel

noun

English Language Learners Definition of angel

: a spiritual being that serves especially as a messenger from God or as a guardian of human beings
informal : a person (such as a child) who is very good, kind, beautiful, etc.

angel

noun
an·​gel | \ ˈān-jəl How to pronounce angel (audio) \

Kids Definition of angel

1 : a spiritual being serving God especially as a messenger
2 : a person who is very good, kind, or beautiful

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