Definition of Angelus in English:

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Angelus

Pronunciation: /ˈanjələs/
(also angelus)

noun

[in singular]
1A Roman Catholic devotion commemorating the Incarnation of Jesus and including the Hail Mary, said at morning, noon, and sunset.
Example sentences
  • The old bell system has been replaced by a new automatic system which rings for the angelus at noon and 6 pm and also for the various Mass times.
  • It was the mid-morning angelus and the chanting could be heard echoing throughout the halls and vibrating the stiff walls as the slow cries to the Virgin were heard.
  • I wonder what reaction an impromptu angelus in the other corner would evoke?
1.1A ringing of church bells announcing this.
Example sentences
  • Every day on the news, after the angelus rang, there would be a story of one more suicide. An American tourist jumped of the Cliffs of Moher, the most gorgeous sheer drop on the West Coast of Ireland.

Origin

Mid 17th century: from the Latin phrase Angelus domini 'the angel of the Lord', the opening words of the devotion.

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Syllabification: An·ge·lus

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