The Archangel Michael wears a late Roman military cloak and cuirass in this 17th-century depiction by Guido Reni
Schutzengel (English: "Guardian Angel") by Bernhard Plockhorst depicts a guardian angel watching over two children.
The Harmony between Religion and Science, a ceiling fresco of the Marble Hall at Seitenstetten Abbey (Lower Austria) by Paul Troger, 1735
An allegory of poetry by François Boucher

An angel is generally a supernatural being found in various religions and mythologies. In Abrahamic religions and Zoroastrianism, angels are often depicted as benevolent celestial beings who act as intermediaries between God or Heaven and Humanity.[1][2] Other roles of angels include protecting and guiding human beings, and carrying out God's tasks.[3] Within Abrahamic religions, angels are often organized into hierarchies, although such rankings may vary between sects in each religion, and are given specific names or titles, such as Gabriel or "Destroying angel". The term "angel" has also been expanded to various notions of spirits or figures found in other religious traditions. The theological study of angels is known as "angelology". Angels who were expelled from Heaven are referred to as fallen angels.

In fine art, angels are usually depicted as having the shape of human beings of extraordinary beauty;[4][5] they are often identified using the symbols of bird wings,[6] halos,[7] and light.


The word angel in English is a blend of Old English engel (with a hard g) and Old French angele.[8] Both derive from Late Latin angelus "messenger", which in turn was borrowed from Late Greek ἄγγελος aggelos,[9] commonly transliterated by non-Greek speakers in its phonetic form ángelos. According to R. S. P. Beekes, ángelos itself may be "an Oriental loan, like ἄγγαρος [ángaros, 'Persian mounted courier']."[10] The word's earliest form is Mycenaean a-ke-ro, attested in Linear B syllabic script.[11][12]

The ángelos is the Septuagint's default translation of the Biblical Hebrew term mal’ākh, denoting simply "messenger" without specifying its nature. In the Latin Vulgate, the meaning becomes bifurcated: when mal’ākh or ángelos is supposed to denote a human messenger, words like nuntius or legatus are applied. If the word refers to some supernatural being, the word angelus appears. Such differentiation has been taken over by later vernacular translations of the Bible, early Christian and Jewish exegetes and eventually modern scholars.[13]

Other Languages
Acèh: Malaikat
አማርኛ: መልአክ
Ænglisc: Engel
العربية: ملاك
ܐܪܡܝܐ: ܡܠܐܟܐ
asturianu: Ánxel
Atikamekw: Aceriw
авар: Малаик
azərbaycanca: Mələk
বাংলা: দেব-দূত
беларуская: Анёл
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Анёл
български: Ангел
bosanski: Anđeo
brezhoneg: Ael
català: Àngel
čeština: Anděl
Cymraeg: Angel
dansk: Engel
Deutsch: Engel
eesti: Ingel
Ελληνικά: Άγγελος
español: Ángel
Esperanto: Anĝelo
euskara: Aingeru
فارسی: فرشته
français: Ange
Frysk: Ingel
Gàidhlig: Aingeal
한국어: 천사
Հայերեն: Հրեշտակ
हिन्दी: देवदूत
hrvatski: Anđeo
Ido: Anjelo
Bahasa Indonesia: Malaikat
Iñupiak: Isaġulik
isiZulu: Ingelosi
italiano: Angelo
עברית: מלאך
Basa Jawa: Malaékat
ქართული: ანგელოზი
kaszëbsczi: Janiół
Kiswahili: Malaika
коми: Идӧг
Kongo: Wanzio
kurdî: Milyaket
Кыргызча: Периште
Latina: Angelus
latviešu: Eņģelis
Lëtzebuergesch: Engel
lietuvių: Angelas
lingála: Anjelu
magyar: Angyal
македонски: Ангел
Malagasy: Anjely
മലയാളം: മാലാഖ
Bahasa Melayu: Malaikat
мокшень: Анголь
Nāhuatl: Ahtlapāleh
Nederlands: Engel
नेपाली: परी
日本語: 天使
norsk: Engel
norsk nynorsk: Engel
occitan: Àngel
ភាសាខ្មែរ: ទូតសួគ៌
Plattdüütsch: Engel (Himmel)
polski: Anioł
português: Anjo
română: Înger
Romani: Devabi
Runa Simi: Killki
русский: Ангел
Scots: Angel
shqip: Engjëlli
Simple English: Angel
سنڌي: ملائڪ
slovenčina: Anjel
slovenščina: Angel
Soomaaliga: Malag
српски / srpski: Анђео
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Anđeo
Basa Sunda: Malaékat
suomi: Enkeli
svenska: Ängel
Tagalog: Anghel
தமிழ்: தேவதூதர்
татарча/tatarça: Фәрештә
తెలుగు: దేవదూత
Türkçe: Melek
українська: Янгол
اردو: فرشتہ
Tiếng Việt: Thiên sứ
walon: Andje
Winaray: Anghel
ייִדיש: מלאך
粵語: 天使
žemaitėška: Aniuols
中文: 天使