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angel (ˈeɪndʒəl



  1. (theology) one of a class of spiritual beings attendant upon God. In medieval angelology they are divided by rank into nine orders: seraphim, cherubim, thrones, dominations (or dominions), virtues, powers, principalities (or princedoms), archangels, and angels
  2. a divine messenger from God
  3. a guardian spirit
  4. a conventional representation of any of these beings, depicted in human form with wings
  5. (informal) a person, esp a woman, who is kind, pure, or beautiful
  6. (informal) an investor in a venture, esp a backer of a theatrical production
  7. Also called: : angel-noble a former English gold coin with a representation of the archangel Michael on it, first minted in Edward IV's reign
  8. (informal) an unexplained signal on a radar screen

Word Origin

Old English, from Late Latin angelus, from Greek angelos messenger


View thesaurus entry
= divine messenger, spirit, cherub, archangel, seraph, spiritual being, guardian spirit

Quotations including 'angel'

  • "Is man an ape or an angel? Now I am on the side of the angels" [Benjamin Disraeli

Translations for 'angel'

  • British English: angel Angels are spiritual beings that some people believe are God's messengers and servants in heaven.My daughter believes in angels.ˈeɪndʒəl NOUN
  • Arabic: ملاك
  • Brazilian Portuguese: anjo
  • Chinese: 天使
  • Croatian: anđeo
  • Czech: anděl
  • Danish: engel
  • Dutch: engel
  • European Spanish: ángel
  • Finnish: enkeli
  • French: ange
  • German: Engel Engel
  • Greek: άγγελος
  • Italian: angelo
  • Japanese: 天使
  • Korean: 천사
  • Norwegian: engel
  • Polish: anioł
  • Portuguese: anjo
  • Romanian: înger îngeri
  • Russian: ангел
  • Spanish: ángel
  • Swedish: ängel
  • Thai: เทวดา
  • Turkish: melek
  • Ukrainian: ангел
  • Vietnamese: thiên thần

Example Sentences Including 'angel'

Let's hope that angel 's haircut of thine is standing thee in good stead.
Anthony Masters CASCADES - THE DAY OF THE DEAD (2001)
With untroubled confidence in the omnipotence of his guardian angel , Toni admitted with feigned remorse, `You did, Daddy.
Low, Ona Murky Shallows
Or maybe the angel was just playing it safe, waiting to see who prevailed.
Duncan, Robert L The Serpent's Mark


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