Meaning of angels' food in English:

angels' food

Pronunciation /ˈeɪn(d)ʒ(ə)lz fuːd/


(also angel's food)
  • 1 rare Food suitable for or eaten by angels; heavenly sustenance (especially with reference to the manna described in the Bible as miraculously provided for the Israelites in the wilderness). Hence (figurative): spiritual (as opposed to bodily) nourishment. Compare angels' bread .

  • 2 informal (A name for) a type of strong ale. rare (historical after 16th century).

  • 3North American A type of distinctively light, pale-coloured sponge cake made without fat, using beaten egg white rather than whole eggs, and typically cooked in a ring-shaped tin.

  • 4South African Fruit salad, typically made with guavas and oranges.


Late Middle English; earliest use found in William Langland (c1325–c1390), poet. In some forms from the genitive or genitive plural of angel + food.