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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Unfortunately, Margaret passed away not long after the castle’s completion, but her beauty and influence can still be seen all over the grounds—for example, over the castle's front door, where a carved angel holds Margaret’s family’s coat of arms. Todd Plummer, Town & Country, "5 Amazing Locations in Ireland," 21 May 2019 What's not to love about a show that has whispers of all that is mostly evil, a hot dad (who lives in Brooklyn with those kids), and a severely underrated angel named Dorota? 2. Seventeen, "The 20 Greatest TV Teen Dramas of All Time," 4 Dec. 2018 This Fucked Me Up: Neon Genesis Evangelion Madman Entertainment A cruel angel's thesis. Joshua Rivera, GQ, "This Fucked Me Up: Neon Genesis Evangelion," 30 Apr. 2018 In the corner of the sanctuary, lilies flank a glorious angel. Carol Motsinger, Cincinnati.com, "We knew we our stained glass windows were beautiful. We didn't know they were Tiffany.," 29 Mar. 2018 Carly was a happy loving angel that touched everyone who met her. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 2/9," 9 Feb. 2018 It was designed by Steven Volpe, a San Francisco interior designer whose clients have included Google executives, venture capitalists and angel investors. ... Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Tuscan-Style Compound Becomes Napa’s Priciest Property," 9 May 2019 The small bed has a butterfly bush, which really does attract butterflies, and lilies and primroses are nestled around an angel statue in the center. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "This idyllic English garden is hiding in plain sight in Old Louisville," 7 June 2018 The show Ridiculous Cakes, hosted by Alton Brown, wanted to showcase Phillips and O’Donnell and their masterful stone angel statue cake. Elisa Ludwig, Philly.com, "Mount Airy bakers' attention to detail is icing on the cake," 30 May 2018

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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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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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