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.

    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘The neighbour's two donkeys have just sounded their hilarious, end-of-day angelus.’
    • ‘The old bell system has been replaced by a new automatic system which rings for the angelus at noon and 6 pm and also for the various Mass times.’
    • ‘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.’


Mid 17th century: from the Latin phrase Angelus domini the angel of the Lord, the opening words of the devotion.