I thought this word would have an older origin. I wonder if the word has carried the controversy it has today during it’s whole of existence? Believe in them or don’t, but there’s no doubt this word has earned a place in our daily lexicon. And, according to the Encyclopedia Britannica the word angel carries with it many meanings to different people. However, Angels and Demons often at the heart of my poetry and writing. Because the struggle of the two are endless and all encompassing. And because the outward fight of two can be seen within us all. Good versus bad, will evil prevail and reign or can the good overcome the relentless fight and bring light? These questions will keep the word angel in use for a long long time because there will always be that particular struggle. What do you think?
“one of a class of spiritual beings, attendants and messengers of God,” a c. 1300 fusion of Old English engel(with hard -g-) and Old French angele.
Both are from Late Latin angelus, from Greek angelos, literally “messenger, envoy, one that announces,” in the New Testament “divine messenger,” which is possibly related to angaros “mounted courier,” both from an unknown Oriental word (Watkins compares Sanskrit ajira-“swift;” Klein suggests Semitic sources).
Used in Scriptural translations for Hebrew mal’akh (yehowah) “messenger (of Jehovah),” from base l-‘-k “to send.” An Old English word for it was aerendgast, literally “errand-spirit.”
However, of persons, “one who is loving, gracious, or lovely,” by 1590s. The medieval English gold coin (a new issue of the noble, first struck 1465 by Edward VI) was so-called for the image of archangel Michael slaying the dragon, which was stamped on it. It was the coin given to patients who had been “touched” for the King’s Evil. Angel food cake is from 1881; angel dust“phencyclidine” is from 1968.