Definition of angel noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈeɪndʒl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈeɪndʒl//
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  1. 1 a spirit who is believed to be a servant of God, and is sent by God to deliver a message or perform a task. Angels are often shown dressed in white, with wings. see also guardian angel
  2. 2a person who is very good and kind; a child who behaves well John is no angel, believe me (= he does not behave well). Mary’s children are little angels. See related entries: Kind
  3. 3(informal) used when you are talking to somebody and you are grateful to them Thanks Dad, you're an angel. Be an angel and make me a cup of coffee.
  4. 4(also angel investor, business angel) a person who supports a business by investing money in it, especially somebody who supports a new small business with their own money They started the business with the help of $2 million supplied by angel investors. When will the angels get their money back?
  5. Word OriginOld English engel, ultimately via ecclesiastical Latin from Greek angelos ‘messenger’; superseded in Middle English by forms from Old French angele.Extra examples Be an angel and make the tea, will you? Deborah’s children are little angels. He liked to think of himself as an avenging angel fighting for justice. I could hardly see Lisa in the role of ministering angel. I’m no angel, but I wouldn’t dream of doing a thing like that. She looks like an angel. She wore a white costume with big furry angel wings. We lay back in the snow and made snow angels. a book about anti-heroes and fallen angels a singer who has the voice of an angel a whole host of angelsIdioms
    fools rush in (where angels fear to tread)
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    (saying) people with little experience try to do the difficult or dangerous things which more experienced people would not consider doing
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: angel