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[an-juh-luh s] /ˈæn dʒə ləs/
noun, Roman Catholic Church.
a devotion in memory of the Annunciation.
Also called Angelus bell. the bell tolled in the morning, at noon, and in the evening to indicate the time when the Angelus is to be recited.
Origin of Angelus
1720-30; < Late Latin, from the first word of the service: Angelus(dominī nūntiāvit Mariae). See angel Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • When he reached the college the Angelus had long since rung.

  • The Angelus had sounded, and the Sacristan wished to close the church.

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  • He took off his hat, and we said the Angelus in silence together.

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  • The moment the Angelus rings, darkness is supposed to have fallen.

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  • "The Angelus," he said, standing and bowing his head in prayer.

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  • The Angelus bell was sounding from the high white tower of the Iglesia.

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  • They might have gleaned for Millet; they should cease their work at the Angelus.

  • At the hour before Angelus the house was as noisy and busy as if it had been an inn.

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  • When the duty was completed, she went into the garden to listen for the Angelus.

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British Dictionary definitions for Angelus


noun (RC Church)
a series of prayers recited in the morning, at midday, and in the evening, commemorating the Annunciation and Incarnation
the bell (Angelus bell) signalling these prayers
Word Origin
C17: Latin, from the phrase Angelus domini nuntiavit Mariae the angel of the Lord brought tidings to Mary
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