angel

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noun an·gel \ˈān-jəl\

Definition of angel

  1. 1a :  a spiritual being superior to humans in power and intelligence; especially :  one in the lowest rank in the celestial hierarchyb angels plural :  an order of angels — see celestial hierarchy

  2. 2 :  an attendant spirit or guardian guardian angels who watch over us

  3. 3 :  a usually white-robed winged figure of human form in fine art

  4. 4 :  messenger, harbinger an angel of death

  5. 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. 6 Christian Science :  inspiration from God

  7. 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. 8 :  angelfish

angelic

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angelical

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angelically

play \-li-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Origin and Etymology of angel

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


First Known Use: before 12th century

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ANGEL Defined for English Language Learners

angel

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noun an·gel \ˈān-jəl\

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

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noun an·gel \ˈān-jəl\

Definition of angel for Students

  1. 1 :  a spiritual being serving God especially as a messenger

  2. 2 :  a person who is very good, kind, or beautiful



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