angel

An angel is a messenger of God, characterized as having human form with wings and a halo. The word suggests goodness, and is often used to refer to someone who offers comfort and aid to others in times of trouble. As a child, you looked like an innocent angel; appearances can be deceiving.

The word angel derives from the Greek angelos, meaning "messenger." It is used in the Bible to denote God's attendants, with angels often depicted as being guardians of humans, an idea found in ancient Asian cultures as well. The Biblical sense was continued in a medieval gold coin called an angel, which depicted the archangel Michael. The word has been applied to angel fish, so named because they appear to have wings, and nurses, often called "angels of mercy."

Definitions of angel
  1. noun
    spiritual being attendant upon God
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    archangel
    an angel ranked above the highest rank in the celestial hierarchy
    cherub
    an angel of the second order whose gift is knowledge; usually portrayed as a winged child
    seraph
    an angel of the first order; usually portrayed as the winged head of a child
    guardian angel, guardian spirit
    an angel believed to have special affection for a particular individual
    divine messenger
    a messenger from God
    Gabriel
    (Bible) the archangel who was the messenger of God
    Michael
    (Old Testament) the guardian archangel of the Jews
    Raphael
    an archangel of the Hebrew tradition
    genius loci
    the guardian spirit of a place
    eudaemon, eudemon, good spirit
    a benevolent spirit
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    spiritual being, supernatural being
    an incorporeal being believed to have powers to affect the course of human events
  2. noun
    person of exceptional holiness
    synonyms: holy man, holy person, saint
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    Buddha
    one who has achieved a state of perfect enlightenment
    fakeer, fakir, faqir, faquir
    a Muslim or Hindu mendicant monk who is regarded as a holy man
    dervish
    an ascetic Muslim monk; a member of an order noted for devotional exercises involving bodily movements
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    good person
    a person who is good to other people
  3. noun
    invests in a theatrical production
    synonyms: backer
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    patron, sponsor, supporter
    someone who supports or champions something
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