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Angel (plural Angels)

  1. Alternative letter-case form of angel.
    • 1858, Frederick William Faber, Ethel's Book; or, Tales of the Angels, page 59:
      When men are impatient with children, it is extremely displeasing to the Angels;
    • 2011, James A. Oleson, In Their Own Words - the Final Chapter, page 93:
      But alas, we were directed to climb over the ship to Angels 12 to provide protection to the ship.

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  1. A male given name used since 16th century, from Latin Angelus or an anglicized spelling of Ángel.
    • 1973 Roald Dahl, More Tales of the Unexpected: Mr Botibol:
      "What is your first name, Mr Botibol? What does the A stand for?" "Angel," he answered. "Not Angel." "Yes," he said irritably. "Angel Botibol," she murmured and she began to giggle. But she checked herself and said, "I think it's a most unusual and distinguished name."
  2. A surname originating as a nickname or, rarely, as a patronymic.
    • 1891, Arthur Conan Doyle, A Case of Identity
      At last, when nothing else would do, he went off to France upon the business of the firm, but we went, mother and I, with Mr. Hardy, who used to be our foreman, and it was there I met Mr. Hosmer Angel.
  3. A female given name of modern usage from the English noun angel.
  4. (baseball) A player on the team the "Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim".
    • Smith became an Angel as a result of a pre-season trade.




Etymology 1Edit

From English Angel.

Proper nounEdit


  1. a female given name

Etymology 2Edit

From Spanish Ángel.

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  1. a male given name



From Middle High German angel, from Old High German angul, from Proto-Germanic *angulō, *angô (hook, angle), from Proto-Indo-European *ank-, *Hank- (something bent, hook). Compare Dutch angel, hengel, English angle.


  • IPA(key): /aŋl̩/
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Angel f (genitive Angel, plural Angeln)

  1. fishing rod
  2. tackle, fishhook
  3. hinge (a jointed or flexible device that allows the pivoting of a door, window, etc.)
    • 2003, Franz Eugen Schlachter, Die Bibel (“Schlachter 2000”), Genfer Bibelgesellschaft, Kings I 7:50:
      Auch die Angeln an den Türen des inneren Hauses, des Allerheiligsten, und an den Türen der Tempelhalle waren aus Gold.
      Also the hinges on the doors of the inner house, the Holy of Holies, and on the doors of the temple hall, were of gold.


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