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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Naval is one of tech’s most successful angel investors and the founder of multiple startups—including seed-stage investment platform AngelList. Rob Reid, Ars Technica, "Ars on your lunch break: The fate we might be making for ourselves," 18 June 2019 The round included one of the largest investments ever made by Tech Coast Angels, a Southern California network of angel investors. Brittany Meiling, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Chip startup founded by ex-Qualcomm execs gets millions from San Diego angel investors," 13 June 2019 Since her bar opened in January, Phyllis says, there have so far been two instances of an angel shot being ordered. Brian Ries, CNN, "Bar offers 'angel shot' as a code to help women flag a bartender for help," 11 June 2019 Something about god and the soul and angels and the afterlife. Francine Prose, Harper's magazine, "Down and Out in the Peloponnesus," 10 Apr. 2019 The designer was Patrick Kelly, who was an absolute angel. Emily Farra, Vogue, "A Rare Interview With Thierry Dreyfus, the Lighting and Runway Designer Behind Some of Fall’s Biggest Shows," 15 Mar. 2019 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

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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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