Definition of angel
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
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
angelicallyplay \-li-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
Recent Examples of angel from the Web
An angel sculpted by Alexei Kazantsev was designed and created to watch over a new section of Pinecrest Memorial Gardens in Covington.
The angel investors first put money into the venture 2015 shortly after Zesty.io was officially incorporated.
Angels general manager Billy Eppler said an MRI revealed the tear.
But this year, thanks to an angel donor with the Cliburn, Beck, along with two of her students will be sitting in the orchestra level listening to the quarterfinal piano recitals Tuesday morning.
For dessert, top slices of angel food cake with strawberries.
François Arnaud stars as a psychic medium lying low in a hamlet whose other residents include a witch, a vampire, an angel and a werewolf.
Celebrating on the ground (welcome back, snow angels).
So angel investors look for a high rate of return –
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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
ANGEL Defined for English Language Learners
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
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
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