ἄγγελος

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Ancient Greek[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Cognate with Mycenaean Greek 𐀀𐀐𐀫 (a-ke-ro), but origin uncertain. Probably a loanword, and probably related to ἄγγαρος (ángaros, Persian mounted courier) (whence Latin angarius), which is probably from an East Asian language. Klein suggests Semitic, cf. 𐡀𐡍‬𐡂𐡓𐡕‬𐡀(’engirtā, missive, letter; contract) and ܐܓܪܬܐ(ˀeggarṯā, letter, document) (from Akkadian, see etymology there); but it could also be from Pre-Greek. Compare also Sanskrit अजिरा (ajirā, agile, swift).

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Noun[edit]

ἄγγελος (ángelosm (genitive ᾰ̓γγέλου); second declension (Epic, Attic, Ionic, Doric, Koine)

  1. a messenger
  2. one that announces
  3. (later) angel, heavenly spirit

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Descendants[edit]

  • Greek: άγγελος (ángelos)
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