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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Roman Catholic Church A devotional prayer at morning, noon, and night to commemorate the Annunciation.
  • n. Roman Catholic Church A bell rung as a call to recite this prayer.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A male given name, a rare variant of Angelo.
  • n. A Christian devotion in memory of the Incarnation (from its incipit, "Angelus Domini nuntiavit Mariæ": "the Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary").
  • n. The bell rung as a call to prayer during the Angelus service.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A form of devotion in which three Ave Marias are repeated. It is said at morning, noon, and evening, at the sound of a bell.
  • n. The Angelus bell.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In the Roman Catholic Church: A devotion in memory of the annunciation to the Virgin Mary, by the angel Gabriel, of the incarnation of the Son of God.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a prayer said 3 times a day by Roman Catholics in memory of the Annunciation
  • n. the sound of a bell rung in Roman Catholic churches to announce the time when the Angelus should be recited

Etymologies

Medieval Latin, from Late Latin, angel (first word of the devotion); see angel.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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