Definitions

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

  • n. A high-ranking angel.
  • n. The eighth of the nine orders of angels in medieval angelology.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A powerful angel that leads many other angels, but is still loyal to a deity. (Judeo-Christian examples: Gabriel, Michael, Raphael, Uriel).
  • n. In Christian angelology, an archangel is an angel from the third level or choir of angels, ranked above virtues and below powers.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A chief angel; one high in the celestial hierarchy.
  • n. A term applied to several different species of plants (Angelica archangelica, Lamium album, etc.).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An angel of the highest order; a chief angel.
  • n. A member of the lowest but one of the nine orders of angels composing the “celestial hierarchy” of Dionysius the pseudo-Areopagite, whose classification was adopted by Pope Gregory the Great, and is generally accepted by the theologians of the Roman Catholic Church.
  • n. In botany: The name of several labiate plants, as Stachys sylvatica and species of Lamium.
  • n. An umbelliferous plant, Archangelica officinalis. See angelica.
  • n. A slim-bodied, thin-faced variety of domestic pigeon, of rather small size, with long head and beak, a peaked crest, and rich metallic lustrous plumage, black on the shoulders and tail, but coppery elsewhere.

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

  • n. a biennial cultivated herb; its stems are candied and eaten and its roots are used medicinally
  • n. an angel ranked above the highest rank in the celestial hierarchy

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French archangele, from Late Latin archangelus, from Late Greek arkhangelos : Greek arkh-, archi- + Greek angelos, angel.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin archangelus, from Ancient Greek ἀρχάγγελος (arkhangelos) from Ancient Greek prefix αρχ- (arch-) + ἄγγελος ("messenger"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • For me it's a choice between Raphael and Hawke for drinks and since a certain archangel is taken by a certain angel and that she would kick my a** for touching her man, I'll go with Hawke as he's technically not taken yet!

    PEARL Extravaganza

  • Makes me want to kiss a certain archangel, but Elena would kick my ass.

    Guild Hunter Book #2 Title Change

  • Raphael said that the only difference between an angel and an archangel is age and experience, so about what age would an angel be able to turn into an archangel?

    Q & A

  • Michael the archangel is no other than Christ himself, the angel of the covenant, and the Lord of the angels, he whom Daniel saw in vision, v. 5.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume IV (Isaiah to Malachi)

  • “archangels” — although the word archangel was not then known — that the flames formed themselves round him into a triumphal arch without touching him; that his body had the smell of baked bread; but that, having resisted the fire, he could not preserve himself against a sabre-cut; that his blood put out the burning pile, and that there sprung from it a dove which flew straight to heaven.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • Her husband is Lafaele, sometimes called the archangel, of whom I have writ you often.

    Vailima Letters

  • There are other references to the archangel Michael—the only one specifically called an archangel.

    A Study of Angels

  • Gabriel is not called an archangel in Scripture but is thought to be one because of his individual prominence in the Bible Dan.

    A Study of Angels

  • But the wings of the archangel are the wings of some great, glorious bird like the eagle, which soars upward toward the sun; the wings of the dragon are more like the wings of a bat, which flies only in darkness and clings to the roofs of caves.

    Raphael A Collection Of Fifteen Pictures And A Portrait Of The Painter With Introduction And Interpretation

  • It is the Apollo Belvedere of modern times, the "Catholic Apollo," as Forsyth calls the archangel of

    Pagan and Christian Rome

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