angel

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Statue of an angel

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English angel, aungel, ængel, engel, from Anglo-Norman angele, angle and Old English ængel, engel (angel, messenger), possibly via an early Proto-Germanic *angiluz but ultimately from Latin angelus, from Ancient Greek ἄγγελος (ángelos, messenger). Cognate with Scots angel (angel), West Frisian ingel (angel), Dutch engel (angel), Low German engel (angel), German Engel (angel), Swedish ängel (angel), Icelandic engill (angel), Gothic 𐌰𐌲𐌲𐌹𐌻𐌿𐍃 (aggilus, angel, messenger).

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angel (plural angels)

  1. A divine and supernatural messenger from a deity, or other divine entity.
    • Ben Jonson
      The dear good angel of the Spring, / The nightingale.
  2. (Abrahamic tradition) The lowest order of angels, below virtues.
  3. A selfless person.
    You made me breakfast in bed, you little angel.
  4. (military slang) An altitude, measured in thousands of feet.
    Climb to angels sixty.
  5. An affluent individual who provides capital for a startup, usually in exchange for convertible debt or ownership equity.
  6. A minister or pastor of a church, as in the Seven Asiatic churches.
    • Bible, Rev. ii. 1
      Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write.
  7. (obsolete) Attendant spirit; genius; demon.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)
  8. (historical) An ancient gold coin of England, bearing the figure of the archangel Michael, and varying in value from six shillings and eightpence to ten shillings.

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angel (third-person singular simple present angels, present participle angeling, simple past and past participle angeled)

  1. (transitive, slang) To support by donating money.
    • 1984, “American Magazine”, volume 118, page 88: 
      You've got to come to Chicago to meet Duell, and see Wilson, who's going to angel the show.

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angel m (plural angels, diminutive angeltje n)

  1. sting, dart (insect's organ)
  2. hook, fish-hook, angle

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angel

  1. First-person singular present of angeln.
  2. Imperative singular of angeln.

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angel m

  1. angel

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Serbo-Croatian[edit]

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angel m

  1. (Kajkavian) angel
  2. Obsolete form of anđel.

Slovene[edit]

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ángel m anim (genitive ángela, nominative plural ángeli)

  1. angel

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Welsh[edit]

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angel m (plural angylion or engyl)

  1. (religion) angel

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angel

  1. What a bee uses to sting when it feels threatened: a sting, a stinger.
  2. A fishing rod.