Main definitions of archangel in US English:

: archangel1Archangel2

archangel1

noun

  • 1An angel of high rank.

    • ‘The layered heavens, angels, archangels and demons, and continual recycling of souls are very similar to the Wheel of Karma and other similar cosmologies of Buddhist and Hindu belief.’
    • ‘The guardians and archangel didn't know what to make of her.’
    • ‘Michael and Gabriel were the names he advised, named for the two highest archangels in heaven.’
    • ‘The archangels were Michael, Raphael, Gabriel and Uriel.’
    • ‘Michael is the only angel that is specifically called an archangel.’
    • ‘These Divinities are highly advanced beings who have specific duties and powers - not unlike the heavenly spirits, overlords or archangels revered in other faiths.’
    • ‘This bought me stares from all of them… not entirely unexpected, but I was a little disappointed that it had taken me only one question to elicit such a response from all four of the archangels.’
    • ‘This mighty archangel wielded a single broad sword that he kept in a golden sheath until such time as needed.’
    • ‘The archangels carry the attributes of officiating clergy at the Mass of the Dead; Michael the cross, Gabriel the censer, and Raphael the book.’
    • ‘Four archangels are named in Jewish and Christian tradition.’
    • ‘Angels and archangels may have gathered there,’
    • ‘At the same time Stanislavsky, uncomfortable with tragedy, tried to turn Hamlet into a mystery play, with Hamlet a Christ-like figure and Fortinbras an archangel.’
    • ‘And I thought it ironic that I should pray for my twin, named after the archangel; we were so very opposite.’
    • ‘It is in this second connotation that the word is used for archangel Gabriel.’
    • ‘The voice came back and she recognized it to be archangel Michael's voice.’
    • ‘The functions of these three archangels correspond to three major thrusts of Jesus' ministry: announcing good news, healing the sick, and delivering the oppressed.’
    • ‘The prayers of believers here on earth are mingled with the worship of angels and archangels and all the host of heaven, in adoration of God and the Lamb.’
    1. 1.1 In traditional Christian angelology, a being of the eighth order of the ninefold celestial hierarchy.
      • ‘There are three types of beings: angels, archangels, and virtues fall into one category, and their nature is inherently good.’
      • ‘From the highest to the lowest in rank, the orders are seraphim, cherubim, thrones, dominions, virtues, powers, principalities, archangels, and angels.’
      • ‘Saint Michael belongs to the choir of angels called the Archangels, usually listed eighth of the nine choirs.’

Origin

Middle English, from Anglo-Norman French archangele, via ecclesiastical Latin from ecclesiastical Greek arkhangelos, from arkhi- ‘chief’ + angelos ‘messenger, angel’.

Pronunciation

archangel

/ˈɑrkˌeɪndʒəl//ˈärkˌānjəl/

Main definitions of archangel in US English:

: archangel1Archangel2

Archangel2

proper noun

  • A port of northwestern Russia, on the White Sea; population 348,700 (est. 2008). It is named after the monastery of the Archangel Michael situated there.

    Russian name Arkhangelsk

Pronunciation

Archangel

/ˈɑrkˌeɪndʒəl//ˈärkˌānjəl/