Definition of angel
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
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
angelicallyplay \-li-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
Recent Examples of angel from the Web
Then there are the show’s other heroes who aren’t vying to rule the continent: Arya Stark has become an avenging angel, an assassin who broke free from her training with the Faceless Men but retained their stealthy skills.
Songs about first kisses, about angels, delirious romantic encounters, or heartbreaking loss are his strong suit.
That’s career dinger No. 603 for Pujols, but his Angels still trail, 5–3, in the eighth.
Having the skin of an adult angel requires serious effort—more than splashing your face with some Cetaphil, slapping on SPF 30 and going about your business.
In the painting Resurrection of the Waitress, an angel pulls a drowning housewife into the sky with an eggbeater.
Upon certification, guests can explore Fiji’s clear waters and see coral reefs and colorful angel, nemo and parrot fish, turtles, dolphins and reef sharks.
On June 14, 1974, the California (now LA) Angels beat the Red Sox, 4-3 in 15.
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Origin and Etymology 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 centurySee Words from the same year
ANGEL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of angel for English Language Learners
: 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.
ANGEL Defined for Kids
Definition of angel for Students
1 : a spiritual being serving God especially as a messenger
2 : a person who is very good, kind, or beautiful
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