angel

[ eyn-juh l ]
/ ˈeɪn dʒəl /

noun

verb (used with object), an·geled, an·gel·ing or, esp. British an·gelled, an·gel·ling.

Informal. to provide financial backing for: Two wealthy friends angeled the Broadway revival of his show.

Origin of angel

before 950; 1890–95 for def 9; Middle English a(u)ngel (< Anglo-French, Old French) < Late Latin angelus < New Testament Greek ángelos messenger of God, special use of Greek ángelos messenger; replacing Old English engel < Latin, as above

Can be confused

angel angle

Definition for angels (2 of 2)

Angel

[ eyn-juh l; Spanish ahn-hel ]
/ ˈeɪn dʒəl; Spanish ɑnˈhɛl /

noun

a male or female given name.
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British Dictionary definitions for angels

angel

/ (ˈeɪndʒəl) /

noun

Word Origin for angel

Old English, from Late Latin angelus, from Greek angelos messenger
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Culture definitions for angels

angels


Spirits who live in heaven with God; also the devils of hell, who are angels fallen from goodness. In the Bible (see also Bible), angels are often sent to Earth, sometimes with a human appearance, to bring the messages of God to people, to guide and protect them, or to execute God's punishments. (See Abraham and Isaac, Annunciation, cherubim, Daniel in the lions' den, Gabriel, Jacob's ladder, Lot's wife, Lucifer, Michael, Passover (see also Passover), plagues of Egypt, Satan, and Sodom and Gomorrah.)

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Idioms and Phrases with angels

angels


see fools rush in where angels fear to tread; on the side of the angels.

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