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an·gel

 (ān′jəl)
n.
1. A typically benevolent celestial being that acts as an intermediary between heaven and earth, especially in Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and Zoroastrianism.
2. A representation of such a being, especially in Christianity, conventionally in the image of a human figure with a halo and wings.
3. angels 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.
4. A guardian spirit or guiding influence.
5.
a. A kind and lovable person.
b. One who manifests goodness, purity, and selflessness.
6. A financial backer of an enterprise, especially a dramatic production or a political campaign.

[Middle English, aungel, from Old English engel or Old French angele, both from Late Latin angelus, from Late Greek angelos, from Greek, messenger.]

an·gel′ic (ăn-jĕl′ĭk), an·gel′i·cal adj.
an·gel′i·cal·ly adv.

angel

(ˈeɪndʒəl)
n
1. (Theology) theol 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. (Theology) 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. (Theatre) informal an investor in a venture, esp a backer of a theatrical production
7. (Currencies) 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. (Aeronautics) informal an unexplained signal on a radar screen
[Old English, from Late Latin angelus, from Greek angelos messenger]

an•gel

(ˈeɪn dʒəl)

n.
1. a celestial attendant of God; one of a class of spiritual beings who, in medieval angelology, were the lowest of the nine celestial orders (seraphim, cherubim, thrones, dominations, virtues, powers, principalities, archangels, and angels).
2. a conventional representation of such a being, in human form, with wings.
3. a messenger, esp. of God.
4. a person having qualities generally attributed to an angel, as beauty, purity, or kindliness.
5. an attendant or guardian spirit.
6. a deceased person whose soul is regarded as having been accepted into heaven.
7. Informal. one who provides financial backing for some undertaking, as a play or political campaign.
8. Slang. an image on a radar screen caused by a low-flying object, as a bird.
v.t.
9. Informal. to provide financial backing for.
[before 950; Middle English a(u)ngel (< Anglo-French, Old French), Old English engel < Late Latin angelus < Greek ángelos messenger]
an•gel•ic (ænˈdʒɛl ɪk) an•gel′i•cal, adj.
an•gel′i•cal•ly, adv.

angel

- The word angel was one of the earliest Germanic adoptions from Latin; originally from Greek aggelos, "messenger," it first meant "hireling" or "messenger."
See also related terms for messenger.

angel

A form of good spirit residing in heaven.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.angel - spiritual being attendant upon Godangel - spiritual being attendant upon God  
wing - a movable organ for flying (one of a pair)
celestial hierarchy - the collective body of angels
spiritual being, supernatural being - an incorporeal being believed to have powers to affect the course of human events
archangel - an angel ranked above the highest rank in the celestial hierarchy
cherub - an angel of the second order whose gift is knowledge; usually portrayed as a winged child
seraph - an angel of the first order; usually portrayed as the winged head of a child
guardian angel, guardian spirit - an angel believed to have special affection for a particular individual
divine messenger - a messenger from God; "angel of death"
2.angel - person of exceptional holinessangel - person of exceptional holiness  
Buddha - one who has achieved a state of perfect enlightenment
fakeer, fakir, faqir, faquir - a Muslim or Hindu mendicant monk who is regarded as a holy man
good person - a person who is good to other people
3.angel - invests in a theatrical productionangel - invests in a theatrical production  
sponsor, supporter, patron - someone who supports or champions something
4.angel - the highest waterfallAngel - the highest waterfall; has more than one leap; flow varies seasonally
Republic of Venezuela, Venezuela - a republic in northern South America on the Caribbean; achieved independence from Spain in 1811; rich in oil

angel

noun
2. (Informal) dear, ideal, beauty, saint, treasure, darling, dream, jewel, gem, paragon Thank you. You're an angel.
Quotations
"Is man an ape or an angel? Now I am on the side of the angels" [Benjamin Disraeli Speech at Oxford Diocesan Conference]

Angels

Angels  Azrael, Gabriel, Michael, Raphael, Uriel
Angelic orders  angels, archangels, cherubim, dominations or dominions, powers, principalities or princedoms, seraphim, thrones, virtues

angel

noun
1. A pure, uncorrupted person:
2. Informal. One who assumes financial responsibility for another:
3. Informal. A person who supports or champions an activity, cause, or institution, for example:
Translations
شَخْص أو إمرأه كالملاكملاكمَلاك
ангел
anděl
engel
ingel
enkeli
anđeo
angyal
engill
天使
천사
angelasangeliškaiangeliškasjūros angelaskaip angelas
eņģelis
anjel
angel
ängel
เทวดา
melekmelek gibi kimse
thiên thần

angel

[ˈeɪndʒəl]
A. N
1. (Rel) → ángel m
Angel of Darknessángel m de las tinieblas
the Angel of Deathel ángel exterminador
I'm on the side of the angelsyo estoy de parte de los ángeles
speak or talk of angels!hablando del ruin de Roma (por la puerta asoma)
to rush in where angels fear to treadmeterse en la boca del lobo
see also fool A1
see also guardian
2. (= person) she's an angeles un ángel
be an angel and give me a cigarette¿me das un pitillo, amor?
3. (esp Theat) → caballo m blanco, promotor(a) m/f
B. CPD angel dust N (Drugs) → polvo m de ángel
angel food cake (US) N bizcocho muy esponjoso hecho sin las yemas de huevo
angels on horseback NPL (Brit) (Culin) rollitos de beicon rellenos de ostras y servidos sobre pan tostado

angel

[ˈeɪndʒəl] n
(= celestial being) → ange m
to rush in where angels fear to tread → s'aventurer en terrain dangereux
(= good, kind person) → ange mangel dust n (= PCP) → poussière f d'ange

angel

n (lit, fig)Engel m; (Theat inf: = backer) → finanzkräftiger Hintermann; on the side of the angels (fig inf)auf der Seite des Rechts

angel

:
angel face
interj (hum inf)mein Engel
angel fish
n (= shark)Meerengel m, → Engelhai m; (= tropical fish)Großer Segelflosser
angel food cake
n (US) → Biskuitkuchen m
angel hair
n (Christmas decoration) → Engelshaar nt

angel

[ˈeɪndʒl] nangelo
be an angel and fetch my gloves → se mi vai a prendere i guanti sei proprio un angelo

angel

(ˈeindʒəl) noun
1. a messenger or attendant of God. The angels announced the birth of Christ to the shepherds.
2. a very good or beautiful person. She's an absolute angel about helping us.
angelic (ӕnˈdʒelik) adjective
like an angel.
anˈgelically adverb
ˈangel-fish noun
a brightly-coloured tropical fish with spiny fin.

angel

ملاك anděl engel Engel άγγελος ángel enkeli ange anđeo angelo 天使 천사 engel engel anioł anjo ангел ängel เทวดา melek thiên thần 天使
References in classic literature ?
The girls had never been called angel children before, and thought it very agreeable, especially Jo, who had been considered a `Sancho' ever since she was born.
If I am fortunate and an angel of God should appear, David will see the beauty and glory of God made manifest to man.
the suffering angel had remained in the heartless state of celibacy twenty long years, and that for the sake of a man who could forget her
A recluse, like Hepzibah, usually displays remarkable frankness, and at least temporary affability, on being absolutely cornered, and brought to the point of personal intercourse; like the angel whom Jacob wrestled with, she is ready to bless you when once overcome.
Had it been otherwise -- had an active politician been put into this influential post, to assume the easy task of making head against a Whig Collector, whose infirmities withheld him from the personal administration of his office -- hardly a man of the old corps would have drawn the breath of official life within a month after the exterminating angel had come up the Custom-House steps.
I found nothing at all, and he was therefore an angel.
A hundred black faces turned round in their rows to peer; and beyond, a black Angel of Doom was beating a book in a pulpit.
Nelly calls her her angel, and she has good right to do so).
the man inquired; and whether it was a good angel that put it into Jurgis's mind, or an intuition of his sharpened wits, he was moved to answer, "No, sir.
If she an't a Christian and an angel, there never was one.
Thanks, oh, sweet my lord, thou talkest like an angel.
When they are in the field - so to speak, - they always wear them; you never see an angel going with a message anywhere without his wings, any more than you would see a military officer presiding at a court-martial without his uniform, or a postman delivering letters, or a policeman walking his beat, in plain clothes.