angel

noun
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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Other Words from angel

angelic \ an-​ˈje-​lik How to pronounce angelic (audio) \ or angelical \ -​li-​kəl How to pronounce angelical (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for angel

Synonyms

dove, innocent, lamb, sheep

Antonyms

wolf

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Underscoring the effect, a white camera drone suddenly hovered into view, slowly descending toward the assembled like a digital-age angel of the Annunciation. New York Times, "Staying in the (Fashion) Moment," 27 June 2018 Today's angel investor claimed feels suspiciously timed to counter the many news reports that came out yesterday following the discovery of Mars One's bankruptcy. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "A Mystery Investor May Save the Bankrupt Mars One Mission," 12 Feb. 2019 Personally, Woods put $100,000 of his own money into the company to get it off the ground, and $50,000 from an angel investor. Brittany Meiling, The Seattle Times, "Would you rent a bed by the hour? ‘Napping pod’ startup targets exhausted workers, students," 12 Dec. 2018 In 2014, a holiday display from the Satanic Temple with a diarama of an angel falling into hell made its first appearance at the Capitol in Tallahassee. Susannah Bryan, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Ring of string is latest religious symbol to spur controversy," 22 June 2018 Into the play’s complex stew Wilson stirs police bias and brutality, frustrating bureaucracy, myths and angels, poverty, criminal activity, sudden violence, humor and the temporary salvation of reconnecting with a soulmate. Christine Dolen, miamiherald, "'Seven Guitars' a riveting revival of August Wilson's take on black life in the 20th century," 12 June 2018 In a 2016 interview with Seventeen.com, Katherine McNamara revealed that the show's cast got matching angel rune tattoos. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "5 Major Facts All 'Shadowhunters' Fans Need to Know Before the Series Ends," 25 Mar. 2019 Stuffed animals, glass tchotchkes, and angel figurines filled the walls—mimicking the Blanchard’s home decor. Lauren Sanchez, Vogue, "Patricia Arquette, Chloë Sevigny, Joey King, and AnnaSophia Robb Attend Last Night’s Premiere for Hulu’s Hair-Raising Series, The Act," 16 Mar. 2019 The missus has a big announcement, officially a VS angel! Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Dylan Sprouse Congratulates Girlfriend, Barbara Palvin on Becoming a Victoria’s Secret Angel," 15 Mar. 2019

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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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angel

noun

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.

angel

noun
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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