The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Angel \An"gel\, n. [AS. [ae]ngel, engel, influenced by OF.
angele, angle, F. ange. Both the AS. and the OF. words are
from L. angelus, Gr. 'a`ggelos messenger, a messenger of God,
1. A messenger. [R.]
The dear good angel of the Spring,
The nightingale. --B. Jonson.
2. A spiritual, celestial being, superior to man in power and
intelligence. In the Scriptures the angels appear as God's
O, welcome, pure-eyed Faith, white-handed Hope,
Thou hovering angel, girt with golden wings.
3. One of a class of "fallen angels;" an evil spirit; as, the
devil and his angels.
4. A minister or pastor of a church, as in the Seven Asiatic
Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write.
--Rev. ii. 1.
5. Attendant spirit; genius; demon. --Shak.
6. An appellation given to a person supposed to be of angelic
goodness or loveliness; a darling.
When pain and anguish wring the brow,
A ministering angel thou. --Sir W.
7. (Numis.) An ancient gold coin of England, bearing the
figure of the archangel Michael. It varied in value from
6s. 8d. to 10s. --Amer. Cyc.
Note: Angel is sometimes used adjectively; as, angel grace;
Angel bed, a bed without posts.
Angel fish. (Zool.)
(a) A species of shark (Squatina angelus) from six to
eight feet long, found on the coasts of Europe and
North America. It takes its name from its pectoral
fins, which are very large and extend horizontally
like wings when spread.
(b) One of several species of compressed, bright colored
fishes warm seas, belonging to the family
Angel gold, standard gold. [Obs.] --Fuller.
Angel shark. See Angel fish.
Angel shot (Mil.), a kind of chain shot.
Angel water, a perfumed liquid made at first chiefly from
angelica; afterwards containing rose, myrtle, and
orange-flower waters, with ambergris, etc. [Obs.]