arch·​an·​gel | \ ˈärk-ˌān-jəl How to pronounce archangel (audio) \

Definition of archangel

1 : a chief angel
2 archangels plural : an order of angels — see celestial hierarchy

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Other Words from archangel

archangelic \ ˌärk-​(ˌ)an-​ˈje-​lik How to pronounce archangel (audio) \ adjective

Examples of archangel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Long story short, when Lucifer gets distracted by Jack, Michael uses the archangel blade on him. Samantha Highfill,, "Supernatural recap: The Winchesters take on Chuck one last time," 13 Nov. 2020 The archangel Michael, in his dashing garment with rainbow wings, stands astride the narrow earthly realm, where the desperate cry out to be saved. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, "Van Eyck included a mind-blowing detail in these religious panels," 14 Oct. 2020 Ortega first saw the land, a mixture of Spanish and American names: San Rafael, named for an archangel, and Mount Diablo named for the devil, Loma Prieta in the far south, Big Rock close at hand. Carl Nolte,, "High atop Mount Tamalpais — seeing all there is to see," 26 Sep. 2020 The insignia depicts the archangel St. Michael trampling Satan on one of its sides, according to the British royal family's website. Joseph Netto And Leah Asmelash, CNN, "Jamaica's governor-general suspends personal use of royal insignia over 'offending image'," 27 June 2020 Panagia Kanakaria, a small church in the village of Boltash, featured stunning glass mosaics depicting Jesus as a young boy surrounded by two archangels and the 12 apostles. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "When a scandal over looted Cypriot mosaics was traced to a Carmel art dealer," 26 Dec. 2019 Its basilica is dug deep into the mountainside, and lined with statues of avenging archangels. The Economist, "Franco’s exhumation is both historical duty and electoral stunt," 24 Oct. 2019 That’s why when season 5 rolled around and the apocalypse was fast approaching, Adam was able to serve as Michael’s vessel for the Biblical brother showdown between archangels Michael and Lucifer. Samantha Highfill,, "Supernatural boss says Adam isn't the only one escaping the cage," 23 Oct. 2019 Michael, the archangel, and also the teacher who’d taught me about white holes, the opposite of black holes, where disappeared matter emerges into another dimension. Cyrus Grace Dunham, The New Yorker, "A Year Without a Name," 12 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of archangel

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for archangel

Middle English, from Anglo-French or Late Latin; Anglo-French archangle, from Late Latin archangelus, from Greek archangelos, from archi- + angelos angel

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“Archangel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of archangel

: an angel of the highest rank


arch·​an·​gel | \ ˈärk-ˌān-jəl How to pronounce archangel (audio) \

Kids Definition of archangel

: a chief angel

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