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

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On it, the archangel St. Michael stands with his white wings extended, a sword in one hand and a foot pressed against the back of a black-winged angel. Theresa Vargas, Washington Post, "Amid immigration uncertainties, Latinos turn to a power higher than Trump," 20 June 2018 Unfortunately, some very common ground covers, such as English ivy, vinca, yellow archangel, creeping Jenny and bishop’s weed, are aggressive spreaders and can be hard to control. Beth Botts,, "If your garden grass is patchy, consider a ground cover instead," 12 June 2018 Along with his wing men, Wendy Miklovic and Leon Contavesprie as the archangels Gabriel and Michael, Batt makes more of the trifle of a script than is there by sheer force of personality. Theodore P. Mahne,, "Bryan Batt's divine performance key to comedy of 'Act of God' at Le Petit," 14 May 2018 The main reason God sacrificed his only begotten son was that the archangels who answered prayers were tired of people asking to speak to the manager. Michael Harriot, The Root, "Manager Loudly Reads Store’s Theft Policy to Black Customers, Calls Security When Asked Why," 10 May 2018 Katy Perry’s archangel wings atop a Versace thigh-high boots were hard to imagine fitting through any door. New York Times, "On the Met Gala Red Carpet, Playing It Unsafe," 8 May 2018 There’s also a stained glass window of the archangel Michael — Jerry’s middle name and the patron saint of warriors, the sick and the suffering — dedicated to him on The Gallery’s second floor. Michele Corriston,, "County Star Craig Morgan Opens Up About Grappling with His 19-Year-Old Son's Tragic Death," 28 Feb. 2018 Step through a door only to stare up at a faceless archangel known as Tyrael, hovering 14 feet in the air with sword in hand to protect humanity from the forces of Hell. Andrew Nusca, Fortune, "Inside the Zany, Enormous, Amazing World of Activision Blizzard," 15 Feb. 2018 Yazidis pray to Tawusi Melek, an archangel who, at the creation, took the form of a peacock, and painted a desolate earth with the colors of his feathers. Anna Della Subin, New York Times, "When Rape Becomes a Weapon of War," 18 Jan. 2018

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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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The first known use of archangel was in the 12th century

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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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