What does archangel mean?

Definitions for archangel
ˈɑrkˌeɪn dʒəlarchangel

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. archangelnoun

    an angel ranked above the highest rank in the celestial hierarchy

  2. garden angelica, archangel, Angelica Archangelicanoun

    a biennial cultivated herb; its stems are candied and eaten and its roots are used medicinally


  1. archangelnoun

    A powerful angel that leads many other angels, but is still loyal to a deity. (Judeo-Christian examples: Gabriel, Michael, Raphael, Uriel).

  2. archangelnoun

    In Christian angelology, an archangel is an angel from the third level or choir of angels, ranked above virtues and below powers.

  3. Archangelnoun

    A city in northwest Russia.

  4. Etymology: From Latin archangelus, from ἀρχάγγελος from Ancient Greek prefix

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Archangelnoun

    One of the highest order of angels.

    Etymology: archangelus, Lat.

    His form had yet not lost
    All her original brightness, nor appear’d
    Less than archangel ruin’d, and th’ excess
    Of glory obscur’d. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. i.

    ’Tis sure th’ archangel’s trump I hear,
    Nature’s great passing-bell, the only call
    Of gods that will be heard by all. John Norris, Miscellanies.

  2. Archangelnoun

    lamium, Lat. The name of a plant,

    It hath a labiated flower of one leaf, whose upper lip is hollow like a spoon; but the under one divided into two segments, in the form of a heart, and both end in chaps brimmed and edged; out of the flower cup, which is fistulous and cut into segments, rises the pointal, fixed, like a nail, to the hinder part of the flower, with four embryoes which become triangular seeds inclosed in a husk formed of the flower cup. The species are fourteen, and seven of them grow wild on dry banks, or under hedges, two sorts of which are used in medicine. Philip Miller.


  1. Archangel

    Archangels () are the second lowest rank of angel in the hierarchy of angels. The word "archangel" itself is usually associated with the Abrahamic religions, but beings that are very similar to archangels are found in a number of other religious traditions. The English word archangel is derived from Greek ἀρχάγγελος (arkhángelos), the Greek prefix "arch-" meaning "chief". A common misconception is that archangels are the highest rank of angel. This misconception stems from John Milton's Paradise Lost and likely confusion over the "arch-" prefix.


  1. archangel

    An archangel is a high-ranking angel in the celestial hierarchy as per many spiritual traditions, belief systems, and religions, including Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. They are often depicted as God's messengers or warriors, possessing great power, wisdom, and nearness to God. They are usually assigned significant roles and tasks, including the implementation of God's divine plans or judgment. Examples include Archangels Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Archangelnoun

    a chief angel; one high in the celestial hierarchy

  2. Archangelnoun

    a term applied to several different species of plants (Angelica archangelica, Lamium album, etc.)

  3. Etymology: [L. archangelus, Gr. 'archa`ggelos: cf. OF. archangel, F. archange. See Arch-, pref., and Angel.]


  1. Archangel

    An archangel is an angel of high rank. Beings similar to archangels are found in a number of religious traditions; but the word "archangel" itself is usually associated with the Abrahamic religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Michael and Gabriel are recognized as archangels in Judaism, Islam, and by most Christians. The Book of Tobit—recognized in the Catholic and Orthodox Bibles, but considered apocryphal by Protestants—mentions Raphael, who is also considered to be an archangel. The archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael are venerated in the Roman Catholic Church with a feast on September 29 and in Orthodox on November 21. The named archangels in Islam are Gabriel, Michael, Israfil and Azrael. Jewish literature, such as the Book of Enoch, mentions Metatron as an archangel, called the "highest of the angels," though the acceptance of this angel is not canonical in all branches of the faith. In Zoroastrianism, sacred texts allude to the six great Amesha Spenta of Ahura Mazda. Some branches of the faiths mentioned have identified a group of seven Archangels, but the actual angels vary, depending on the source. Raphael, Gabriel, and Michael are always mentioned; the other archangels vary, but most commonly include Uriel as well, who is mentioned in the book 2 Esdras.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Archangel

    ärk-ān′jel, n. an angel of the highest order.—adj. Archangel′ic. [Arch, chief, and Angel.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Archangel

    the oldest seaport of Russia, on the Dvina, near its mouth, on the White Sea, is accessible to navigation from July to October, is connected with the interior by river and canal, and has a large trade in flax, timber, tallow, and tar.

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Archangel

    A town in Russia which derived its name from a great monastery of St Michael the Archangel.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Archangel is ranked #59171 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Archangel surname appeared 342 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Archangel.

    68.1% or 233 total occurrences were Black.
    14.3% or 49 total occurrences were White.
    6.7% or 23 total occurrences were Asian.
    5.8% or 20 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    4.9% or 17 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of archangel in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of archangel in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of archangel in a Sentence

  1. Nicolas Cage:

    I knew after a couple of flops that I had been marginalized in the studio system ; and I wasn't going to get invited by them, i always knew that it would take a young filmmaker who would come back or remember some movies I had made and know that I might be right for his script and rediscover me. And that's why Archangel Michael's not just Archangel Michael, Archangel Michael's Archangel Michael.

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