angel

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English[edit]

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Statue of an angel

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Etymology 1[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). The religious sense of the Greek word first appeared in the Septuagint as a translation of the Hebrew word מַלְאָךְ (malʾāḵ, messenger) or יהוה מַלְאָךְ (malʾāḵ YHWH, messenger of YHWH). Cognate with Scots angel (angel), Saterland Frisian Ängel (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).

Noun[edit]

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.
    • a. 1606, Shakespeare, William, Macbeth, act 5, scene 4, lines 52–55:
      Despair thy charm, / And let the angel whom thou still hast served / Tell thee Macduff was from his mother's womb / Untimely ripped.
  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.
  9. (colloquial, dated) An unidentified flying object detected by air traffic control radar.
  10. An angel investor.
    • 2011, OECD, Financing High-Growth Firms: The Role of Angel Investors
      “Latent” angels are defined as those who have not invested capital in the past 12 months, although they likely have invested knowledge in the process of reviewing potential investments.
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Verb[edit]

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”, in (Please provide the book title or journal name)[1], volume 118, page 88:
      You've got to come to Chicago to meet Duell, and see Wilson, who's going to angel the show.

Etymology 2[edit]

Clipping of Angelman

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angel (plural angels)

  1. (informal) A person who has Angelman syndrome.

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Dutch[edit]

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From Middle Dutch angel, from Old Dutch *angul, from Proto-Germanic *angulaz.

Cognate with German Angel.

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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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German[edit]

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angel

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

Old Frisian[edit]

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angel m

  1. angel

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Serbo-Croatian[edit]

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angel m (Cyrillic spelling ангел)

  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]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Latin angelus, from Ancient Greek ἄγγελος m (ángelos, messenger; one that announces).

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angel m (plural angylion or engyl)

  1. (religion) angel

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Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal h-prothesis
angel unchanged unchanged hangel
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

West Frisian[edit]

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angel

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