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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Recent Examples on the Web During the dotcom boom, venture capitalists and angel investors were bombarded with thousands of internet startup pitches and I was asked to review over a hundred during that time. Tim Bajarin, Forbes, "Automated Cocktail System Pours Its Way To Success," 8 Apr. 2021 Although many early wave energy projects will depend on federal grants, Hales said, the hope is that the testing facility will also allow companies to attract venture capitalists and angel investors by proving devices’ technological feasibility. Ysabelle Kempe, Wired, "The US Is Finally Trying to Unlock the Power of Wave Energy," 3 Apr. 2021 Each spring and summer, the Minority Business Development Agency organizes various angel investors with the primary objective of supporting small businesses through minority business grants. Essence, "3 Places to Find Funding For Your Business," 2 Apr. 2021 Curative raised an additional $1 million from angel investors and Palo Alto venture capital firm DCVC. Los Angeles Times, "COVID-19 turned a tiny start-up into a testing giant. But can its results be trusted?," 24 Mar. 2021 TorchCo is backed by $1.5 million from Manchester, N.H.-based York Creative Collective and York IE, as well as angel investors. Globe Staff,, "Boston sports media company acquires Morning Blitz newsletter as part of rebranding," 16 Mar. 2021 Five Milwaukee angel investors have launched Milwaukee Venture Partners to support startups in the region. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "5 angel investors launch Milwaukee Venture Partners to support startups in the region," 5 Mar. 2021 Other investors in the latest round include Founders Fund, Activant Capital, Slow Ventures, Coinbase Ventures, Tribe Capital, Valor Capital Group, and an assortment of 100 other funds and angel investors. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Uber visionary’s crypto app raises $26 million after fintech pivot," 5 Mar. 2021 Lux Capital is among many venture-capital firms and angel investors who have also formed their own SPACs. Eliot Brown, WSJ, "SPAC Frenzy Emboldens Silicon Valley Startups to Forgo Venture Funding," 26 Feb. 2021

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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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12 Apr 2021

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“Angel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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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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