I. noun 1. a Roman Catholic devotion commemorating the Incarnation of Jesus and including the Hail Mary, said at morning, noon, and sunset. 2. a ringing of church bells announcing the Angelus. • the bells in the tower above tolled the first Angelus.
– origin mid 17th cent.: from the Latin phrase Angelus domini ‘the angel of the Lord’, the opening words of the devotion.