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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Examples of angel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There's Turtle, a killer at falsettos and pop jams, the voice of an angel Night Angel who excels at big, brassy performances, and a dancing hip-hop Frog. Rachel Yang,, "The Masked Singer final 3 predictions: Who's under Turtle, Frog, and Night Angel masks, and who will win," 15 May 2020 On the national mall covering the Blue angels and Thunderbird flyover and there are SOOO many people here. NBC News, "Crowds gathered at National Mall to watch Blue Angels, Thunderbirds flyover," 2 May 2020 Bishé, radiating light like a wounded angel, and Madigan, all hard edges and disdain, are wonderful and Barraza offers soulful grounding. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Penny Dreadful: City of Angels': TV Review," 24 Apr. 2020 Her long fingers reach for the sky, paused somewhere in the sign of the cross or summoning the Holy Ghost or calling on heaven’s angels to descend. Casey Cep, The New Yorker, "Honk Twice for Hallelujah: What Church Looks Like in the Parking Lot," 18 Apr. 2020 In the cases Wiles studied, the tiling might be something along the lines of M.C. Escher’s famous tessellations of a disk with fish or angels and devils that get smaller near the boundary. Quanta Magazine, "‘Amazing’ Math Bridge Extended Beyond Fermat’s Last Theorem," 6 Apr. 2020 Extensive renovations in recent years have saved the roof from collapse and revealed colorful wall mosaics depicting angels and saints. Joseph Krauss And Mohammad Daraghmeh,, "Palestinians in Bethlehem look beyond religious tourism," 10 Dec. 2019 Most artistic representations of females depict fictional ideals, allegories, or mythic creatures, such as Liberty, Justice, Beauty, half naked nymphs, angels of water, and a 19th century author’s conceptualizations of trips to a wonderland. Sofia Quaglia, Quartz, "The US has fewer than 400 statues of women—but that’s changing," 23 Oct. 2019 Al Hubbard, who believed himself to be blessed by not one, but two angels—advocated for psychedelic experimentation as a pursuit reserved for a cognitive elite. John Semley, The New Republic, "Turn On, Tune In, Cash In," 27 Apr. 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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23 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Angel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 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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