one of a class of spiritual beings; a celestial attendant of God. In medieval , angels constituted the lowest of the nine celestial orders (seraphim, cherubim, thrones, dominations or dominions, virtues, powers, principalities or princedoms, archangels, and angels).
a conventional representation of such a being, in human form, with wings, usually in white robes.
a messenger, especially of God.
a person who performs a mission of God or acts as if sent by God:
an angel of mercy.
a person having qualities generally attributed to an angel, as beauty, purity, or kindliness.
a person whose actions and thoughts are consistently virtuous.
an attendant or guardian spirit.
a deceased person whose soul is regarded as having been accepted into heaven.
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.
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.
Slang. an image on a radar screen caused by a low-flying object, as a bird.
Informal. to provide financial backing for:
Two wealthy friends angeled the Broadway revival of his show.
a male or female given name.
angel did manage a small amount of snacking and drinking amidst the schmoozing.
Porn Stars Who Brunch: Inside Las Vegas’s Finest Dining Richard Abowitz January 21, 2013
The angel Moroni appears with a halo made from the wheel of a baby carriage.
Book of Mormon’s Magnificent Costumes Isabel Wilkinson April 14, 2011
Barbie Latza Nadeau, author of the upcoming Beast Book angel Face about Amanda Knox, reports.
Should the Pope Resign? Barbie Latza Nadeau March 16, 2010
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angel used to work as an artisan in this Mexican village, but he could not support his family making crafts.
As Drug War Continues, Mexico Celebrates Its Deceased Teresa Puente November 1, 2012
He once had a friend, and he always spoke of her as his “angel mother.”
The Wonderful Story of Lincoln Charles M. Stevens
And an angel still rides in the whirlwind and directs this storm.
United States Presidents’ Inaugural Speeches Various
She was going to say angel, but a look from Grace forbade that extreme.
The Girl Scouts at Camp Comalong Lillian Garis
If a call come to a man in prison it will be by an angel who can let him out.
Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
The angel holds his hand, as an older person might lead a child in the dark.
Raphael Estelle M. Hurll
(theol) one of a class of spiritual beings attendant upon God. In medieval angelology they are divided by rank into nine orders: seraphim, cherubim, thrones, dominations (or dominions), virtues, powers, principalities (or princedoms), archangels, and angels
a divine messenger from God
a guardian spirit
a conventional representation of any of these beings, depicted in human form with wings
(informal) a person, esp a woman, who is kind, pure, or beautiful
(informal) an investor in a venture, esp a backer of a theatrical production
Also called angel-noble. a former English gold coin with a representation of the archangel Michael on it, first minted in Edward IV’s reign
(informal) an unexplained signal on a radar screen
14c. fusion of Old English engel (with hard -g-) and Old French angele, both from Latin angelus, from Greek angelos “messenger, envoy, one that announces,” possibly related to angaros “mounted courier,” both from an unknown Oriental word (Watkins compares Sanskrit ajira- “swift;” Klein suggests Semitic sources). Used in Scriptural translations for Hebrew mal’akh (yehowah) “messenger (of Jehovah),” from base l-‘-k “to send.” An Old English word for it was aerendgast, literally “errand-spirit.”
Of persons, “loving; lovely,” by 1590s. The medieval gold coin (a new issue of the noble, first struck 1465 by Edward VI) was so called for the image of archangel Michael slaying the dragon, which was stamped on it. It was the coin given to patients who had been “touched” for the King’s Evil. Angel food cake is from 1881; angel dust “phencyclidine” is from 1968.
A person who contributes to a politician’s campaign fund (1920+)
A financial contributor to any enterprise, esp a stage production; butter-and-egg man (1920s+ Theater)
A thief’s or confidence man’s victim; mark, patsy (Underworld)
A homosexual male (1930s+ Homosexuals)
A vague and illusory image on a radar screen, often due to bird flights, rare atmospheric conditions, or electronic defects
A helicopter that hovers near an aircraft carrier to rescue aircrew who crash into the water (Vietnam War Navy)
: My doctor angeled one of his friend’s plays
A single address space, micro-kernel operating system for multiprocessor computers, developed at Imperial College and City University, London, UK.
a word signifying, both in the Hebrew and Greek, a “messenger,” and hence employed to denote any agent God sends forth to execute his purposes. It is used of an ordinary messenger (Job 1:14: 1 Sam. 11:3; Luke 7:24; 9:52), of prophets (Isa. 42:19; Hag. 1:13), of priests (Mal. 2:7), and ministers of the New Testament (Rev. 1:20). It is also applied to such impersonal agents as the pestilence (2 Sam. 24:16, 17; 2 Kings 19:35), the wind (Ps. 104:4). But its distinctive application is to certain heavenly intelligences whom God employs in carrying on his government of the world. The name does not denote their nature but their office as messengers. The appearances to Abraham at Mamre (Gen. 18:2, 22. Comp. 19:1), to Jacob at Peniel (Gen. 32:24, 30), to Joshua at Gilgal (Josh. 5:13, 15), of the Angel of the Lord, were doubtless manifestations of the Divine presence, “foreshadowings of the incarnation,” revelations before the “fulness of the time” of the Son of God. (1.) The existence and orders of angelic beings can only be discovered from the Scriptures. Although the Bible does not treat of this subject specially, yet there are numerous incidental details that furnish us with ample information. Their personal existence is plainly implied in such passages as Gen. 16:7, 10, 11; Judg. 13:1-21; Matt. 28:2-5; Heb. 1:4, etc. These superior beings are very numerous. “Thousand thousands,” etc. (Dan. 7:10; Matt. 26:53; Luke 2:13; Heb. 12:22, 23). They are also spoken of as of different ranks in dignity and power (Zech. 1:9, 11; Dan. 10:13; 12:1; 1 Thess. 4:16; Jude 1:9; Eph. 1:21; Col. 1:16). (2.) As to their nature, they are spirits (Heb. 1:14), like the soul of man, but not incorporeal. Such expressions as “like the angels” (Luke 20:36), and the fact that whenever angels appeared to man it was always in a human form (Gen. 18:2; 19:1, 10; Luke 24:4; Acts 1:10), and the titles that are applied to them (“sons of God,” Job 1:6; 38:7; Dan. 3:25; comp. 28) and to men (Luke 3:38), seem all to indicate some resemblance between them and the human race. Imperfection is ascribed to them as creatures (Job 4:18; Matt. 24:36; 1 Pet. 1:12). As finite creatures they may fall under temptation; and accordingly we read of “fallen angels.” Of the cause and manner of their “fall” we are wholly ignorant. We know only that “they left their first estate” (Matt. 25:41; Rev. 12:7,9), and that they are “reserved unto judgement” (2 Pet. 2:4). When the manna is called “angels’ food,” this is merely to denote its excellence (Ps. 78:25). Angels never die (Luke 20:36). They are possessed of superhuman intelligence and power (Mark 13:32; 2 Thess. 1:7; Ps. 103:20). They are called “holy” (Luke 9:26), “elect” (1 Tim. 5:21). The redeemed in glory are “like unto the angels” (Luke 20:36). They are not to be worshipped (Col. 2:18; Rev. 19:10). (3.) Their functions are manifold. (a) In the widest sense they are agents of God’s providence (Ex. 12:23; Ps. 104:4; Heb. 11:28; 1 Cor. 10:10; 2 Sam. 24:16; 1 Chr. 21:16; 2 Kings 19:35; Acts 12:23). (b) They are specially God’s agents in carrying on his great work of redemption. There is no notice of angelic appearances to man till after the call of Abraham. From that time onward there are frequent references to their ministry on earth (Gen. 18; 19; 24:7, 40; 28:12; 32:1). They appear to rebuke idolatry (Judg. 2:1-4), to call Gideon (Judg. 6:11, 12), and to consecrate Samson (13:3). In the days of the prophets, from Samuel downward, the angels appear only in their behalf (1 Kings 19:5; 2 Kings 6:17; Zech. 1-6; Dan. 4:13, 23; 10:10, 13, 20, 21). The Incarnation introduces a new era in the ministrations of angels. They come with their Lord to earth to do him service while here. They predict his advent (Matt. 1:20; Luke 1:26-38), minister to him after his temptation and agony (Matt. 4:11; Luke 22:43), and declare his resurrection and ascension (Matt. 28:2-8; John 20:12, 13; Acts 1:10, 11). They are now ministering spirits to the people of God (Heb. 1:14; Ps. 34:7; 91:11; Matt. 18:10; Acts 5:19; 8:26; 10:3; 12:7; 27:23). They rejoice over a penitent sinner (Luke 15:10). They bear the souls of the redeemed to paradise (Luke 16:22); and they will be the ministers of judgement hereafter on the great day (Matt. 13:39, 41, 49; 16:27; 24:31). The passages (Ps. 34:7, Matt. 18:10) usually referred to in support of the idea that every individual has a particular guardian angel have no such meaning. They merely indicate that God employs the ministry of angels to deliver his people from affliction and danger, and that the angels do not think it below their dignity to minister even to children and to the least among Christ’s disciples. The “angel of his presence” (Isa. 63:9. Comp. Ex. 23:20, 21; 32:34; 33:2; Num. 20:16) is probably rightly interpreted of the Messiah as the guide of his people. Others have supposed the expression to refer to Gabriel (Luke 1:19).
- Angel bed
French Furniture. a bed having a suspended or bracketed canopy of less than full length. Compare . U.S. Furniture. a bed without posts, as a truckle bed.
- Angel food cake
a white sponge cake with a light, delicate texture obtained by using stiffly beaten egg whites and cream of tartar. Contemporary Examples And when he got a positive review, the reviewer would get an angel food cake. Heartless Conservatives Unite! Lee Siegel August 28, 2009 Historical Examples Cut a sheet of angel food cake, which […]
- Angel cake
a white sponge cake with a light, delicate texture obtained by using stiffly beaten egg whites and cream of tartar. Historical Examples Aggie had baked an angel cake and I had brought over a jar of cookies. Tish, The Chronicle of Her Escapades and Excursions Mary Roberts Rinehart She was a good cook and knew […]
- Angel of death
(def 1). (in Jewish and Islamic angelology) the angel who separates the soul from the body at the moment of death. noun (in Jewish and Islamic angelology) the angel who separates the soul from the body at death