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.

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Recent Examples on the Web And angel investors, typically wealthy individuals who help startups early on, are still active in funding companies. Mike Freeman, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego startups pull in a record $1.26B in second quarter despite COVID-19," 4 Aug. 2020 Through all this, Waverly is in full-on angel mode. Dalene Rovenstine,, "Wynonna Earp recap: Wynonna’s search for the gateway continues," 3 Aug. 2020 The angel came to Roy Den Hollander on a warm evening in Moscow in July 1999. Dennis Wagner, USA TODAY, "'Lunatic hiding in plain sight': The bitter tale of a woman-hating lawyer who killed a rival and a judge's son," 1 Aug. 2020 Slow Ventures led the round, and was joined by investors including Precursor Ventures, GSV, Moxxie Ventures, General Catalyst, Maveron, and several angel investors. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "We haven’t even seen the coronavirus’s full impact on consumers, says this VC," 31 July 2020 After all, Stevens's version of the Beast sang like a damn angel. Shannon Carlin,, "If You’re Obsessed With Dan Stevens’ Singing In Eurovision, This May Disappoint You," 30 June 2020 Happy birthday to a chef, a legend, and an angel @shaynateresetaylor! Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Here's What to Know About Ryan Seacrest's Ex-Girlfriend Shayna Taylor," 30 June 2020 Enter Dove Cameron, the exception to the rule, my eyelash and hair icon, who seems like a genuinely good person and sings like an angel. Tatjana Freund, Marie Claire, "I Tried Vitamin E Oil, Dove Cameron's Skincare Secret, and I'll Never Look Back," 25 June 2020 He's got the voice of angel and the dance talent to match. Sydney Bucksbaum,, "Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist star Skylar Astin on the challenge of not singing perfectly," 10 July 2020

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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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9 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Angel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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


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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