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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Examples of angel in a Sentence

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Melvin and Licurtis’ mother, Gertrude, greeted me at her house and led me into her living room, where porcelain angels lined one wall. Lizzie Presser, ProPublica, "The Reels Brothers Spent Eight Years in Jail for Refusing to Leave It.," 15 July 2019 Masculinity is prized above all else, and the best line in the script refers to the dojo’s only female student, an angel-faced, ferociously aggressive young woman named Anna (a fine performance by Imogen Poots). Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘The Art of Self-Defense’ Review: Violence Among Men," 11 July 2019 By Saturday afternoon, the giglio structure was decorated in papier-mâché angels and lilies, and draped with an enormous rosary. Derek M. Norman, New York Times, "A 72-Foot Spire and a 116-Year-Old Tradition in Need of a Few Brooklyn Hipsters," 11 July 2019 Janie Hamilton is another trail angel who maintains a section northeast of Gainesville. Eric Barton, Outside Online, "This Florida Thru-Hike Is Not for the Faint of Heart," 10 July 2019 During his five-day trial, Beau was a perfect angel. Doree Shafrir, Vox, "The best $3,000 I ever spent: training for my dog," 9 July 2019 Delicate sponge cakes, such as genoise or angel food, which have been calculated to work in a specific shape pan for a specific amount of time to generate a specific amount of lift, are not as amenable to changes. Becky Krystal, Twin Cities, "How to swap baking pan sizes without ruining your recipe," 7 July 2019 Startups and investors who file requisite declarations will not face additional scrutiny related to angel tax, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman assured during her budget speech today (July 5). Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Good news for young startups as India eases scrutiny on angel investment," 5 July 2019 The Charlie's Angels reboot was announced earlier this year, directed by Elizabeth Banks and starring Ella Balinska, Naomi Scott and Kristen Stewart as the three angels. Ellise Shafer, Billboard, "Power Pop Trio: Miley Cyrus, Ariana Grande & Lana Del Rey Teaming Up for New 'Charlie's Angels' Song," 26 June 2019

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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 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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