Michael

[mahy-kuh l]
noun
  1. a militant archangel. Dan. 10:13.
  2. Also called Michael I. born 1921, king of Romania 1927–30, 1940–47 (son of Carol II).
  3. (italics) a narrative poem (1800) by Wordsworth.
  4. a male given name.
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Michael

noun
  1. 1596–1645, tsar of Russia (1613–45); founder of the Romanov dynasty
  2. 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
  3. Saint Michael Bible one of the archangels. Feast day: Sept 29 or Nov 8
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Word Origin and History for michael

Michael

masc. proper name, name of an archangel, from Late Latin Michael (source of French Michel, Spanish Miguel), from Greek Mikhael, from Hebrew Mikha-el, literally "Who is like God?"

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

michael in Culture

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.

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