Definition of ministering angel in English:

ministering angel


  • A kind-hearted person, especially a woman, who nurses or comforts others.

    • ‘To many men, a nurse in a pub might just be mistaken for a ministering angel.’
    • ‘Well, a ministering angel flew out of the night.’
    • ‘Bob Geldolf rightly pointed out that not all women are ministering angels.’
    • ‘They often descend in the guise of ministering angels to perform hidden deeds of mercy.’
    • ‘They were women who idolized their children, worshipped their husbands, and esteemed it a holy privilege to efface themselves as individuals and grow wings as ministering angels.’
    • ‘Besides, she was a distinguished Indologist with her own career to pursue, whereas Elizabeth was a ministering angel.’
    • ‘In William Wellman's ‘Night Nurse,’ she serves as ministering angel to a wounded bootlegger and two rich children being starved to death.’
    • ‘I had chosen Mira because, apart from her ministering angel looks, she possessed both these qualities in ample amounts.’


Early 17th century: with biblical allusion to Mark 1:13.