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 In the great room, the 28-foot-high ceiling is painted in Renaissance style with an archangel at the center, Ms. Gibson said. E.b. Solomont, WSJ, 7 Oct. 2021 Upstairs, an archangel painting in the master bedroom opens into a projection TV screen. Jay Cheshes, WSJ, 29 May 2021 Sobered by an archangel, the president fires his crooked Cabinet and becomes a world leader. Los Angeles Times, 5 Mar. 2021 Long story short, when Lucifer gets distracted by Jack, Michael uses the archangel blade on him. Samantha Highfill,, 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, 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,, 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, 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, 26 Dec. 2019 See More

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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 19 May. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of archangel

: a chief angel

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