One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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- ‘The old bell system has been replaced by a new automatic system which rings for the angelus at noon and 6 pm and also for the various Mass times.’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 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 A ringing of church bells announcing the Angelus.
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- ‘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.
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