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 The use of financial statements is also preferable to relying on angel lists. Robert Goulder, Forbes, "The BEPS Gambit: Is Corporate Tax Harmonization Doomed?," 3 Mar. 2021 And the jobs created by Minnesota angel companies, who employ up to 25 people, averaged about $20-plus an hour in 2019. Star Tribune, "Minnesota's tax credit for angel investors works, should become routine," 13 Feb. 2021 Tandler says she was overwhelmed by the number of requests, but Brackett doesn’t buy that (at least one other speaker, angel investor Balaji Srinivasan, was allowed up to the stage during the fray). Ryan Kost,, "On Clubhouse, a conversation about ‘the future of S.F.’ sparks familiar debate," 21 Jan. 2021 Richards already serves as an angel investor and chief strategy officer for Triller, a rival app to TikTok. NBC News, "The latest trend among TikTok stars: Investing their popularity," 10 Dec. 2020 My angel in heaven is certainly looking out for us. Chloe Melas, CNN, "Amanda Kloots to join 'The Talk' as co-host alongside Elaine Welteroth," 1 Dec. 2020 In that environment, new executive chef Benjamin Dayag puts together appetizers like oysters with three kinds of caviar and silky beef tartare with an angel wing of crispy tapioca. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "5 great surf-and-turf, steak and lobster combos at San Antonio restaurants for Valentine's Day: Rebelle, Silo Prime, Bohanan's, J-Prime, Signature," 4 Feb. 2021 Bruno Ganz, in an unforgettable performance, plays an angel who can hear the thoughts of the denizens of Berlin and decides to give up his immortality to join them. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, "The 100 Best Movies on HBO Max," 1 Feb. 2021 Though these cards don’t necessarily predict the future, an angel card reading can give you an eerily relevant picture of what’s happening in your life. Norcal Marketing, Chron, "Best Tarot Readings Online: 5 Most Accurate Tarot Card Reading Sites of 2021," 28 Jan. 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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7 Mar 2021

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“Angel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 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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