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or angelus

[an-juh-luh s] /ˈæn dʒə ləs/
noun, Roman Catholic Church.
a devotion in memory of the Annunciation.
Also called Angelus bell. the bell tolled in the morning, at noon, and in the evening to indicate the time when the Angelus is to be recited.
Origin of Angelus
1720-30; < Late Latin, from the first word of the service: Angelus(dominī nūntiāvit Mariae). See angel Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Though he always woke at the Angelus, he did not always wake up sober.

    The Eyes Have It Gordon Randall Garrett
  • When he reached the college the Angelus had long since rung.

  • But when at sunset all nature rings the Angelus, we all say in our hearts, God bless the town and all its people.

    Revisiting the Earth James Langdon Hill
  • The Angelus had sounded, and the Sacristan wished to close the church.

    Great Artists, Vol 1. Jennie Ellis Keysor
  • At noon she went to her room and said the Angelus; then came dinner.

  • "The Angelus," he said, standing and bowing his head in prayer.

    The Sequel George A. Taylor
  • It was a surprise—and one of great interest to me—when I first saw peasants saying the Angelus under a northern sky.

    From sketch-book and diary Elizabeth Butler
  • The Angelus bell was sounding from the high white tower of the Iglesia.

    Fil and Filippa John Stuart Thomson
  • She was a Christian, so devout that she would have hung her head in the potato field had she heard the ringing of the Angelus.

British Dictionary definitions for Angelus


noun (RC Church)
a series of prayers recited in the morning, at midday, and in the evening, commemorating the Annunciation and Incarnation
the bell (Angelus bell) signalling these prayers
Word Origin
C17: Latin, from the phrase Angelus domini nuntiavit Mariae the angel of the Lord brought tidings to Mary
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