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  Dictionary Definition of angel

angel
noun
1. Theology one of a class of spiritual beings, attendants of God (in medieval angelology divided, according to their rank, into nine orders, ranging from highest to lowest as follows: seraphim, cherubim, thrones, dominations or dominions, virtues, powers, principalities or princedoms, archangels, angels).
2. a conventional representation of such a being, in human form, with wings.
3. a messenger, especially of God.
4. a person, especially a woman, who resembles an angel in beauty, kindliness, etc.
5. an attendant or guardian spirit.
6. Colloquial a financial backer of a play, campaign, actor, candidate, etc.
7. an English gold coin, struck between 1470 and 1634, bearing a figure of the archangel Michael overcoming the dragon.
8. ® angie.
[ME and OE, var. of engel, pre-E * angil, from L angelus, from Greek ángelos, originally, messenger]
-- angelhood, noun