mid-15c.; see archangel + -ic.
late 12c., from Old French archangel (12c.) or directly from Late Latin archangelus, from Greek arkhangelos "chief angel," from arkh- "chief, first" (see archon) + angelos (see angel). Replaced Old English heah encgel.
(1Thess. 4:16; Jude 1:9), the prince of the angels.