What does angel mean?

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ˈeɪn dʒəlan·gel

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word angel.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. angelnoun

    spiritual being attendant upon God

  2. saint, holy man, holy person, angelnoun

    person of exceptional holiness

  3. angel, backernoun

    invests in a theatrical production

  4. Angel, Angel Fallsnoun

    the highest waterfall; has more than one leap; flow varies seasonally


  1. angelnoun

    A divine and supernatural messenger from a deity, or other divine entity.

  2. angelnoun

    In Christian angelology, the lowest order of angels, below virtues.

  3. angelnoun

    A selfless person.

    You made me breakfast in bed, you little angel.

  4. angelnoun

    An altitude, measured in thousands of feet.

    Climb to angels sixty.

  5. angelnoun

    An affluent individual who provides capital for a startup, usually in exchange for convertible debt or ownership equity.

  6. angelverb

    To support by donating money.

  7. Angelnoun

    used since 16th century, from Angelus or an anglicized spelling of Ángel.

  8. Angelnoun

    originating as a nickname or, rarely, as a patronymic.

  9. Angelnoun

    of modern usage from the English noun angel.

  10. Angelnoun

    A player on the team the "Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim".

  11. Etymology: From angel, aungel, ængel, engel, from ængel, engel, from angelus, from ἄγγελος. Cognate with angel, ingel, engel, engel, Engel, ängel, engill, 0330033203320339033B033F0343.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Angeladjective

    Resembling angels; angelical.

    I have mark’d
    A thousand blushing apparitions
    To start into her face; a thousand innocent shames
    In angel whiteness bear away those blushes. William Shakespeare, Much ado about Nothing.

    Or virgins visited by angel powers,
    With golden crowns and wreathes of heav’nly flow’rs. Alexander Pope, Rape of the Lock.

  2. ANGELnoun

    Etymology: Ἄγγελος; angelus, Lat.

    Some holy angel
    Fly to the court of England, and unfold
    His message ere he come. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Had we such a knowledge of the constitution of man, as it is possible angels have, and it is certain his Maker has; we should have a quite other idea of his essence. John Locke.

    And they had a king over them, which was the angel of the bottomless pit. Revelat. ix. 11.

    Heav’n bless thee!
    Thou hast the sweetest face I ever look’d on.
    Sir, as I have a soul, she is an angel. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    Take an empty bason, put an angel of gold, or what you will, into it; then go so far from the bason, till you cannot see the angel, because it is not in a right line; then fill the bason with water, and you will see it out of its place, because of the reflection. Francis Bacon, Natural History, №. 762.

    Cousin, away for England; haste before,
    And, ere our coming, see thou shake the bags
    Of hoarding abbots; their imprison’d angels
    Set thou at liberty. William Shakespeare, King John.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Angelnoun

    a messenger

  2. Angelnoun

    a spiritual, celestial being, superior to man in power and intelligence. In the Scriptures the angels appear as God's messengers

  3. Angelnoun

    one of a class of "fallen angels;" an evil spirit; as, the devil and his angels

  4. Angelnoun

    a minister or pastor of a church, as in the Seven Asiatic churches

  5. Angelnoun

    attendant spirit; genius; demon

  6. Angelnoun

    an appellation given to a person supposed to be of angelic goodness or loveliness; a darling

  7. Angelnoun

    an ancient gold coin of England, bearing the figure of the archangel Michael. It varied in value from 6s. 8d. to 10s

  8. Etymology: [AS. ngel, engel, influenced by OF. angele, angle, F. ange. Both the AS. and the OF. words are from L. angelus, Gr. 'a`ggelos messenger, a messenger of God, an angel.]


  1. Angel

    An angel is a supernatural being or spirit, usually humanoid in form, found in various religions and mythologies. The theological study of angels is known as "angelology". In Zoroastrianism and Abrahamic religions they are often depicted as benevolent celestial beings who act as intermediaries between Heaven and Earth, or as guardian spirits or a guiding influence. The term "angel" has also been expanded to various notions of spirits found in many other religious traditions. Other roles of angels include protecting and guiding human beings, and carrying out God's tasks. In art, angels are often depicted with wings on their back, a halo, robes and various forms of glowing light.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Angel

    ān′jel, n. a divine messenger: a ministering spirit: an attendant or guardian spirit: a person possessing the qualities attributed to such—gentleness, purity, &c.: one supposed to have a special commission, as the head of the Church in Rev. ii. and iii., or the angel of the Catholic and Apostolic Church, who corresponds in a limited sense to the bishop of other Christian denominations: (poet.) a messenger generally: in art, the conventional figure attributed to the angel—a figure of great beauty, youthful, clothed in flowing garments, with wings: an old Eng. coin = 10s., bearing the figure of an angel.—n. An′gel-fish, a voracious fish, allied to the shark, from six to eight feet long, with large, wing-like pectoral fins.—adjs. Angel′ic (an-), Angel′ical.—adv. Angel′ically.—ns. Angelol′atry (ān-), angel-worship; Angelol′ogy, the doctrine regarding angels; Angeloph′any, the manifestation of an angel to man. [Gr. angelos, a messenger.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Angel

    an old English coin, with the archangel Michael piercing the dragon on the obverse of it.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. ANGEL

    A heavenly ineligible, with wings and a harp; or, an earthly eligible, with money and a heart.

Editors Contribution

  1. angel

    A type of universal being with an assigned role, responsibility and duty on planet earth.

    Angels are wonderful beings when they appear to you.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 14, 2019  

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Angel

    An inn sign, originally the “Angel and Salutation,” depicting the visit of the angel who announced to the Virgin that she was to be the mother of the Redeemer.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'angel' in Nouns Frequency: #1742

Anagrams for angel »

  1. Galen

  2. glean

  3. angle

  4. Angle

  5. Elgan

  6. lagen

  7. genal

  8. agnel

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of angel in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of angel in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of angel in a Sentence

  1. Liam Hemsworth:

    You are a sweet, sweet angel.

  2. Persian:

    The angel grows up in divine knowledge, the brute, in savage ignorance, and the son of man stands hesitating between the two.

  3. Angel Nelson:

    Trina Abrams made Angel Nelson feel different.

  4. Kerry Washington:

    I often go back to this, my final text from him, and smile knowing he always sought the beauty even when it could have been so much easier to give in to the harsh realities of life. He was an angel on this planet and is now a Saint on high. Love you and miss you more than ever… forever.

  5. Sir Kristian Goldmund Aumann:

    He who has not Christmas in his heart will never meet an angel.

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