angel

noun an·gel \ ˈān-jəl \

Definition of angel

1 a :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.

angelic

play \an-ˈje-lik\ or angelical play \-li-kəl\ adjective

angelically

play \-li-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Recent Examples of angel from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'angel.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of angel

Middle English, from Old English engel & Anglo-French angele; both from Late Latin angelus, from Greek angelos, literally, messenger

Other Christian Religious Terms



ANGEL Defined for English Language Learners

angel

noun

Definition of angel for English Language Learners

  • : a spiritual being that serves especially as a messenger from God or as a guardian of human beings

  • : a person (such as a child) who is very good, kind, beautiful, etc.


ANGEL Defined for Kids

angel

noun an·gel \ ˈān-jəl \

Definition of angel for Students

1 :a spiritual being serving God especially as a messenger
2 :a person who is very good, kind, or beautiful


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up angel? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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

WORD OF THE DAY

to suppress quietly or indirectly

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Exceptions Quiz III

  • one-green-toy-robot-amidst-many-red-toy-robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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