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angel (the sense of ‘ministering spirit, divine messenger’ is freq.; “angels of light” Err. IV. iii. 55)
1. genius, demon Mac. V. vii. 43 [viii. 14] “the angel whom thou . . . hast serv'”
2. (a) good genius; (b) darling Cæs. III. ii. 186* “Brutus . . . was Cæsar's angel.”
3. gold coin having as its device the archangel Michael, value from 6“ ” 8“ ” to 10“ ” according to the period John II. i. 590; often used punningly Wiv. I. iii. 62, 2H4 I. ii. 189; hence “ancient angel,” a fellow of th'old, sound, honest, and worthie stampe' (Cotgr. s. v. ‘Angelot’) Shr. IV. ii. 61.
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