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angel (ˈeɪndʒəl Pronunciation for angel



  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: angelPronunciation for 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: ملاكPronunciation for ملاك
  • Brazilian Portuguese: anjoPronunciation for anjo
  • Chinese: 天使Pronunciation for 天使
  • Croatian: anđeoPronunciation for anđeo
  • Czech: andělPronunciation for anděl
  • Danish: engelPronunciation for engel
  • Dutch: engelPronunciation for engel
  • European Spanish: ángelPronunciation for ángel
  • Finnish: enkeliPronunciation for enkeli
  • French: angePronunciation for ange
  • German: EngelPronunciation for Engel Engel
  • Greek: άγγελοςPronunciation for άγγελος
  • Italian: angeloPronunciation for angelo
  • Japanese: 天使Pronunciation for 天使
  • Korean: 천사Pronunciation for 천사
  • Norwegian: engelPronunciation for engel
  • Polish: aniołPronunciation for anioł
  • Portuguese: anjoPronunciation for anjo
  • Romanian: înger îngeri
  • Russian: ангелPronunciation for ангел
  • Spanish: ángelPronunciation for ángel
  • Swedish: ängelPronunciation for ängel
  • Thai: เทวดา Pronunciation for เทวดา
  • Turkish: melekPronunciation for melek
  • Ukrainian: ангел
  • Vietnamese: thiên thầnPronunciation for thiên thần

Example Sentences Including 'angel'

Both Web sites are forums where aspiring screenwriters post their scripts in search of a guardian angel.
Globe and Mail (2003)
Her mother loves to skate on the frozen pond, ethereal as an angel.
Globe and Mail (2003)
I cast about in my mind for some instructive book, and my good angel tapped me on the shoulder.
Travers, P L What the Bee Knows - reflections on myth, symbol and story
Let's hope that angel 's haircut of thine is standing thee in good stead.
Anthony Masters CASCADES - THE DAY OF THE DEAD (2001)
Or maybe the angel was just playing it safe, waiting to see who prevailed.
Duncan, Robert L The Serpent's Mark
Smith, however, wasn't just an angel in front of the camera.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
The remaining Rs 65 lakh was invested by me along with some angel investors.
Business Today (2001)
With untroubled confidence in the omnipotence of his guardian angel , Toni admitted with feigned remorse, `You did, Daddy.
Low, Ona Murky Shallows
Yet there was one role that seemed to be made for her: an angel.
Glasgow Herald (2001)


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