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.

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Examples of angel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Trump’s contraction of Covid-19 as a different sort of metaphor—as some imagined avenging angel’s punishment against Trump’s reckless attempts to wish the pandemic away. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, "Our President Is Literally Toxic," 7 Oct. 2020 That angel was taken down for repairs amid the iconic structure’s ongoing renovation and refurbishment but will definitely regain his rightful place on the historic building. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Statue of limitations? Under Russell Nelson, fewer and fewer temples have an Angel Moroni," 2 Oct. 2020 To buy: 3/4 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, 1 green bell pepper, 1 container cherry tomatoes, 1 bottle peanut sauce (or satay sauce), 1/2 pound fresh angel hair pasta and 1 bottle sesame oil. cleveland, "Easy Thai-inspired dish has a slightly spicy edge," 13 Aug. 2020 Canada’s Start-Up Visa program eases the path for people working for startups that have VC or angel funding. Carolyn Said,, "Canada to Silicon Valley’s international workers: ‘We want you’," 9 Aug. 2020 It’s backed by $35 million of equity and debt funding from Sutter Hill, as well as angel investments from Michael Dell, Snowflake Chief Executive Officer Frank Slootman and Pure Storage’s former CEO Scott Dietzen. Dina Bass,, "Snowflake Offshoot, Observe, Tracks App Failures in the Cloud," 1 Oct. 2020 Instead of shifting the event online, organizers — angel investor group Tech Coast Angels and startup support non-profit Connect with the San Diego Venture Group — have decided to scrap the event altogether this year. Brittany Meiling, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego startups lose Quick Pitch event in 2020, but gain alternative," 23 Sep. 2020 To sum it up, Zendaya looks like an angel cast down from heaven — perfect in a way that truly wasn't thought possible until this very moment. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, "Zendaya's Hair and Makeup for the 2020 Emmys Shut Down the Virtual Red Carpet," 20 Sep. 2020 The catch is that the salamander-like strut the beefy hip girdle theoretically makes possible has only been conclusively documented in the cave angel fish. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Study Finds Ten Species of Fish That May Have a Secret Talent for Walking on Land," 14 Sep. 2020

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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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20 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Angel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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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.


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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