angel

noun
an·​gel | \ ˈān-jəl \

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 \ or angelical \ -​li-​kəl \ adjective
angelically \ -​li-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for angel

Synonyms

dove, innocent, lamb, sheep

Antonyms

wolf

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Examples of angel in a Sentence

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Even in a room filled with Victoria's Secret Angels, all eyes were on regulation hottie, my heart and soul, the purest angel of them all, Shawn Mendes. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "A Victoria's Secret Angel Just Tried To Kiss Shawn Mendes on the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Runway," 3 Dec. 2018 Before even getting down to the business of applying the angels' runway-ready looks, Charlotte prepared the skin of each model. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Charlotte Tilbury Shared the Makeup Used in This Year’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show," 8 Nov. 2018 Our antibodies kick in, and people of goodwill from across the political spectrum call out the bigots and the fear mongers and work to compromise and get things done and promote the better angels of our nature. Libby Nelson, Vox, "Read the full transcript of Obama’s fiery anti-Trump speech," 7 Sep. 2018 Some are brawlers ready to take on Trump, while others pose as healers to call the country back to better angels. Michael Scherer, chicagotribune.com, "With an eye on 2020, Democrats jockey to define their party, and gain an advantage," 12 May 2018 Craig Green Heaven and the afterlife were on Craig Green’s mind, and also angels — the everyday kind like nurses and home care attendants. New York Times, "Staying in the (Fashion) Moment," 27 June 2018 But there is definitely cause for concern, since the red angel showed him an apocalyptic vision. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Spock smiles in the face of danger in new trailer for Star Trek: Discovery S2," 13 Dec. 2018 Victoria's Secret is bringing its angels back to New York for the annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show after spending the last two years abroad in Paris and Shanghai. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "How to Watch the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show," 15 Oct. 2018 In reality, police, prosecutors and judges have to understand that children are not all angels from heaven. Julie K. Brown, The Seattle Times, "Perversion of Justice: Even from jail, sex abuser manipulated the system. His victims were kept in the dark," 4 Dec. 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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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 \

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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