angel [ eyn-juhl ]
1. one of a class of spiritual beings; a celestial attendant of God. In medieval angelology, angels constituted the lowest of the nine celestial orders (seraphim, cherubim, thrones, dominations or dominions, virtues, powers, principalities or princedoms, archangels, and angels).
2. a conventional representation of such a being, in human form, with wings, usually in white robes.
3. a messenger, especially of God.
4. a person who performs a mission of God or acts as if sent by God: an angel of mercy.
5. a person having qualities generally attributed to an angel, as beauty, purity, or kindliness.
6. a person whose actions and thoughts are consistently virtuous.
7. an attendant or guardian spirit.
8. a deceased person whose soul is regarded as having been accepted into heaven.
9. a person who provides financial backing for some undertaking, as a play, political campaign, or business venture: A group of angels entered the mix, providing George the leverage he needed to take the startup company in a new direction. Angels seek deals that they can exit in less than a decade.
10. an English gold coin issued from 1470 to 1634, varying in value from 6s. 8d. to 10s. and bearing on its obverse a figure of the archangel Michael killing a dragon.
11. Slang. an image on a radar screen caused by a low-flying object, as a bird.
verb (used with object), an·geled, an·gel·ing or, especially British an·gelled, an·gel·ling.
12. Informal. to provide financial backing for: Two wealthy friends angeled the Broadway revival of his show.
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH ANGEL
WORDS RELATED TO ANGEL
guardian, cherub, spirit, archangel, sprite, seraph, beauty, treasure, jewel, paragon, ideal, saint, dear, darling, dream, gem
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Origin: 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
EXAMPLE SENTENCES FROM THE WEB FOR ANGEL
The company raised a $1 million seed round led by Luminar Ventures with Antler, Gazella and various business angels also participating.
TEEMYCO CREATES VIRTUAL OFFICES SO YOU CAN GRAB A ROOM AND TALK WITH COLLEAGUES|ROMAIN DILLET|SEPTEMBER 4, 2020|TECHCRUNCH
When his family announced earlier this year that Circles had been recorded concurrently with Swimming, it was almost as if an angel came back to revisit us as a gift.
WE HEAR DEAD PEOPLE: OUR FAVORITE POSTHUMOUS HIP-HOP ALBUMS. EVER|JOSHUA EFERIGHE|AUGUST 31, 2020|OZY
They can summon our better angels or awaken our worst instincts.
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Because the way you were describing why we would fail was because, basically, we’re not the angels that therapists are.
INTRODUCING “NO STUPID QUESTIONS” (EP. 422)|STEPHEN J. DUBNER|JUNE 18, 2020|FREAKONOMICS
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