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Topic: RELIGION

Language: Old English
Origin: engel, from Late Latin angelus, from Greek angelos 'bringer of messages, angel'

angel

noun
     
an‧gel [countable]
1RR a spirit who is God's servant in heaven, and who is often shown as a person dressed in white with wings:
the angel Gabriel
2 someone who is very kind, very good, or very beautiful:
That little girl of theirs is an angel.
Sam is no angel (=often behaves badly).
3 old-fashioned spoken used when asking someone to help you or when thanking someone for helping you:
Thanks for mailing those letters, you're an angel.
Be an angel and get me my glasses, will you?
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