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

Examples of archangel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 But more importantly, the archangel Michael makes his debut and asks to have a chat with Dean. Samantha Highfill,, "Supernatural binge guide: 75 essential episodes to watch," 31 July 2019 David Tennant as a charismatic demon, Michael Sheen as a fussy angel, John Hamm as snobby archangel Gabriel—is perfect, and the whole show is so sinfully funny that people literally think it should be stopped. Wired Staff, WIRED, "Everything You Should Binge Over the July 4th Weekend," 3 July 2019 The site also has strong connections to Christianity; it was believed that archangel Michael stood on the western side of the Mount to warn fishermen away from its perilous, rocky shores. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Calling All Green Thumbs! A Legendary British Island Is Looking to Hire a Resident Gardener," 5 June 2019 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

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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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11 Jan 2020

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“Archangel.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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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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