Angel definition

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A typically benevolent celestial being that acts as an intermediary between heaven and earth, especially in Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and Zoroastrianism.
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A guiding spirit or influence.

One's good angel.

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A person regarded as being as beautiful, good, innocent, etc. as an angel.
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A conventionalized image of a white-robed figure in human form with wings and a halo.
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An English gold coin, last issued in 1634, stamped with an image of the archangel Michael and the dragon.
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A kind and lovable person.
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One who manifests goodness, purity, and selflessness.
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A selfless person.

You made me breakfast in bed, you little angel.

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An affluent individual who provides capital for a startup, usually in exchange for convertible debt or ownership equity.
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(slang) To support by donating money.
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A male given name used since 16th century, from Latin Angelus or an anglicized spelling of Ángel.
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A surname​ originating as a nickname or, rarely, as a patronymic.
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A female given name of modern usage from the English noun angel.
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(baseball) A player on the team the "Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim".
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(informal) A supporter who provides money, as for producing a play.
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(slang) To support with money.
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The definition of an angel is a spiritual being, particularly one that is a messenger of God.

Gabriel, Raphael and Michael are each an example of an angel.

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A representation of such a being, especially in Christianity, conventionally in the image of a human figure with a halo and wings.
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(christianity) The last of the nine orders of angels in medieval angelology. From the highest to the lowest in rank, the orders are: seraphim, cherubim, thrones, dominations or dominions, virtues, powers, principalities, archangels, and angels.
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A guardian spirit or guiding influence.
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A financial backer of an enterprise, especially a dramatic production or a political campaign.
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A radar echo from something other than an aircraft, as from birds or rain.
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A messenger of God.
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A supernatural being, either good or bad, to whom are attributed greater than human power, intelligence, etc.
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A wealthy individual who agrees to invest money with a start-up company in what is likely its first funding. Angels invest even before venture capital firms do so. Typically, the amount of money invested by an angel is smaller than the amount that would be received from a venture capitalist, and may be $10,000 up to about $200,000. Angel also is used in the context of a fallen angel, which is a bond that has been reduced to junk status.
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A divine and supernatural messenger from a deity, or other divine entity.
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(abrahamic tradition) The lowest order of angels, below virtues.
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(military slang) An altitude, measured in thousands of feet.

Climb to angels sixty.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
angel
Plural:
angels

Origin of angel

  • Middle English aungel from Old English engel or Old French angele both from Late Latin angelus from Late Greek angelos from Greek messenger

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English angel, aungel, ængel, engel, from Anglo-Norman angele, angle and Old English ængel, engel (“angel, messenger”), possibly via an early Proto-Germanic *angiluz but ultimately from Latin angelus, from Ancient Greek ἄγγελος (ángelos, “messenger”). Cognate with Scots angel (“angel”), West Frisian ingel (“angel”), Dutch engel (“angel”), Low German engel (“angel”), German Engel (“angel”), Swedish ängel (“angel”), Icelandic engill (“angel”), Gothic (aggilus, “angel, messenger”).

    From Wiktionary