angel investor


Definition of angel investor

: a wealthy person who invests a large amount of money in a new business Today's angel investors play a different game. They invest their own money in startups in return for equity, and sometimes they also take a board seat.— Melanie Warner, Fortune, 9 Nov. 1998

Other Words from angel investor

angel investing noun
angel investing has come a long way in recent years … — Daniel Kadlec, Time, 25 Aug. 2005

First Known Use of angel investor

1958, in the meaning defined above

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Learn More About angel investor

Time Traveler for angel investor

Time Traveler

The first known use of angel investor was in 1958

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near angel investor


angel investor


See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for angel investor

Cite this Entry

“Angel investor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon


Test Your Vocabulary

Commonly Confused Words Quiz

  • vector image of a face with thought expression
  • I went to the ______ store to buy a birthday card.
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!