an·​gel | \ˈān-jəl \

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 \ or angelical \-​li-​kəl \ adjective
angelically \-​li-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for angel


dove, innocent, lamb, sheep



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Thankfully, angels help him to see how his good deeds and contributions to the people around him have helped shape the present and the future. Marilyn La Jeunesse, Teen Vogue, "The Best Christmas Movies to Watch According to Your Zodiac Sign," 26 Nov. 2018 Meghan, of course, arrived in Fiji looking like an angel in a pearl white Zimmermann dress. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle's Caped Safiyaa Gown Is the Perfect Shade of Fijian Blue," 23 Oct. 2018 June remains in Gilead, staring up out of her red robe like some demonic angel of revenge., "The Handmaid's Tale Recap Season 2, Episode 13: The Martha Express," 11 July 2018 But there’s no manger, shepherds, wise men or angels; just a chain-link fence surrounding the couple and the newborn. Kristine Phillips, Washington Post, "A church put Jesus, Mary and Joseph in ‘ICE detention’ to protest Trump’s immigration policies," 3 July 2018 Of 103 companies that received initial seed or angel funding in 2013 and 2014, only 28 percent managed to raise additional funding, according to CB Insights’s October report. Fortune, "Crypto Coin Graveyard Fills Up Fast as ICOs Meet Their Demise," 28 June 2018 Each year, the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is a 45-minute long event where slim, mostly white models parade down the runway in lingerie and angel wings. Gianluca Russo, Teen Vogue, "Former Victoria's Secret Shoppers React to Ed Razek's 'Fatphobic' Comments," 16 Nov. 2018 The historic South Carolina church where nine African-American worshippers were slain has released plans for a memorial centered around a marble fountain flanked by massive stone benches that evoke angel wings. Fox News, "The Latest: Fountain, wing-like benches anchor memorial," 15 July 2018 Loveliness, in fiction, typically graces a pair of archetypes: the angel and the temptress. A.j. Finn,, "Gillian Flynn's 'Sharp Objects' gives women permission to be bad," 13 July 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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English Language Learners 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.


an·​gel | \ˈān-jəl \

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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