guardian angel

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A postcard depicting a guardian angel

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guardian + angel

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guardian angel (plural guardian angels)

  1. (religion) A tutelary angel watching over a particular person in monotheistic contexts.
    • 1926, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Land of Mist[1]:
      "We may call them 'guardian angels' as the Catholics do, or 'guides' or 'controls', but whatever you call them, they really do exist and they guard us from evil on the spiritual plane."
  2. (figuratively) A person who watches over another.

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