Definition of Angelus in English:



  • 1A Roman Catholic devotion commemorating the Incarnation of Jesus and including the Hail Mary, said at morning, noon, and sunset.

    • ‘The old bell system has been replaced by a new automatic system which rings for the angelus at noon and 6 pm and also for the various Mass times.’
    • ‘The pontiff told thousands who attended his Sunday angelus blessing at his summer residence outside Rome that children were bearing the brunt of the violence in Uganda.’
    • ‘It was the mid-morning angelus and the chanting could be heard echoing throughout the halls and vibrating the stiff walls as the slow cries to the Virgin were heard.’
    • ‘The neighbour's two donkeys have just sounded their hilarious, end-of-day angelus.’
    • ‘I wonder what reaction an impromptu angelus in the other corner would evoke?’
    1. 1.1 A ringing of church bells announcing the Angelus.
      ‘the bells in the tower above tolled the first Angelus’
      • ‘Every day on the news, after the angelus rang, there would be a story of one more suicide. An American tourist jumped of the Cliffs of Moher, the most gorgeous sheer drop on the West Coast of Ireland.’
      peal, pealing, ringing, carillon, toll, tolling, sound
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Mid 17th century: from the Latin phrase Angelus domini ‘the angel of the Lord’, the opening words of the devotion.