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/ ˈmaɪ kəl /
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a militant archangel. Daniel 10:13.
Also called Michael I. 1921–2017, last king of Romania 1927–30, 1940–47 (son of Carol II).
(italics) a narrative poem (1800) by Wordsworth.
a male given name.



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Origin of Michael

From Late Latin Michahel, from Greek Michaḗl, from Hebrew Mīkhāʾēl “Who is like God?”; equivalent to mi “who?” + ka “like, as” + ʾēl “God”
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British Dictionary definitions for Michael

/ (ˈmaɪkəl) /


1596–1645, tsar of Russia (1613–45); founder of the Romanov dynasty
born 1921, king of Romania (1927–30, as part of a three-part regency; 1940–47), who relinquished the throne (1930–40) in favour of his father, Carol II. He led the coup d'état that overthrew (1944) Antonescu but was forced to abdicate (1947) by the Communists
Saint Michael Bible one of the archangels. Feast day: Sept 29 or Nov 8
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Cultural definitions for Michael


One of the most important angels, who was the guardian angel of the Jews (see also Jews) and the leader of the celestial armies in the Book of Revelation.

notes for Michael

Michael is often depicted with scales for weighing the souls of the dead on Judgment Day.
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