guardian angel

noun

Definition of guardian angel

: an angel believed to have special care of a particular individual broadly : savior sense 1, protector

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Examples of guardian angel in a Sentence

He has become a guardian angel for struggling young artists. his work with the pet rescue center has led many to hail him as a guardian angel and friend to all animals

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As the anonymous slayings grab the media’s attention, the public begins to wonder if the deadly avenger is a guardian angel -- or the Grim Reaper. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 1 - 7, 2019: John Wayne in ‘The Searchers’ and more," 30 Aug. 2019 Lauren Mulvihill, an Uber driver from Georgia who ended up acting as a guardian angel for an older veteran. Aj Willingham, CNN, "An adorable hockey fan, a lawn care superhero and a lovesick fish," 15 June 2019 The birds rose up and away, spooked by our noise, like a flock of guardian angels returning to base. David Quammen, National Geographic, "How one of Africa’s great parks is rebounding from war," 12 June 2019 All along the route, the green onion domes of the Frauenkirche watch over Bavaria World like twin guardian angels who’ve never heard of Disney . William Sertl, WSJ, "Brief, Breezy and Foolproof Itineraries to 6 European Cities," 16 Jan. 2019 Roadside assistance is your guardian angel: Need a safety net? Kristi Valentini, Redbook, "The No-Fly, All-Fun Vacation," 13 July 2017 Three decades ago, a group of Swedish fighter pilots who were trained to intercept America’s high-flying SR-71 suddenly became guardian angels for the crew of one stricken Blackbird. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Swedish Pilots Win Medals for Top Secret 1987 SR-71 Incident," 29 Nov. 2018 But this isn’t the kind of guardian angel who actually saves you. Lev Grossman, New York Times, "Are Her Characters Seeing Things? Maybe. Maybe Not.," 5 Apr. 2018 And to me, that's like my guardian angel who saved me that day. Fox News, "Former Senate aide James Wolfe arrested for lying to FBI," 9 June 2018

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First Known Use of guardian angel

circa 1631, in the meaning defined above

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guardian angel

noun

English Language Learners Definition of guardian angel

: an angel believed to watch and protect someone
: a helpful or protective person

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