[ahrk-eyn-juh l]


Theology. a chief or principal angel; in medieval angelology one of the nine orders of celestial attendants on God.Compare angel(def 1).

Origin of archangel

before 1000; early Middle English arc(h)angel < Anglo-French, Old French arc(h)ang(e)le < Late Latin archangelus < Greek archángelos; replacing Old English hēahengel; see high, arch-1, angel
Related formsarch·an·gel·ic [ahrk-an-jel-ik] /ˌɑrk ænˈdʒɛl ɪk/, arch·an·gel·i·cal, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for archangelic

Historical Examples of archangelic

  • Impossible to blame a chair for not being as reasonable, as archangelic as I am myself!

    The Human Machine

    E. Arnold Bennett

  • After his defeat, what can be more impressive than his all-enduring Archangelic passion, glorious in its all-defying mood?

    Vondel's Lucifer

    Joost van den Vondel

  • A thousand times over I was duped by dreams of an archangelic fusion of the opposing forces in the great strife of ideas.

  • Perhaps that steep of light is the dwelling-place of angels cherubic, seraphic, archangelic.

    New Tabernacle Sermons

    Thomas De Witt Talmage

  • It is goldsmith's work on a gigantic scale, this marble reliquary of the archangelic painter.

    The Story of Florence

    Edmund G. Gardner

British Dictionary definitions for archangelic



a port in NW Russia, on the Dvina River: major centre for the timber trade and White Sea fisheries. Pop: 345 000 (2005 est)Russian name: Arkhangelsk



a principal angel, a member of the order ranking immediately above the angels in medieval angelology
another name for angelica (def. 1)
yellow archangel a Eurasian herbaceous plant (Lamiastrum luteum) that has yellow helmet-shaped flowers: family Lamiaceae (labiates)
a bronze-coloured breed of domestic pigeon with black markings
Derived Formsarchangelic (ˌɑːkænˈdʒɛlɪk), adjective
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Word Origin and History for archangelic

mid-15c.; see archangel + -ic.



late 12c., from Old French archangel (12c.) or directly from Late Latin archangelus, from Greek arkhangelos "chief angel," from arkh- "chief, first" (see archon) + angelos (see angel). Replaced Old English heah encgel.

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