or an·ge·lus

[an-juh-luh s]

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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for angelus

gong, tocsin, peal, tintinnabulation, lyra, glockenspiel

Examples from the Web for angelus

Contemporary Examples of angelus

Historical Examples of angelus

  • When he reached the college the Angelus had long since rung.

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

    Great Artists, Vol 1.

    Jennie Ellis Keysor

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

    My New Curate

    P.A. Sheehan

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


    Prosper Merimee

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

    The Sequel

    George A. Taylor

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 for Angelus

C17: Latin, from the phrase Angelus domini nuntiavit Mariae the angel of the Lord brought tidings to Mary
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