Definition of angel-beast in English:



historical, rare
  • A 17th-cent. card game, the objective of which is to win tricks from the other players.

    The game is more fully described in the Fortnightly Review (1865) 2 200-1, where it is stated: ‘Angel-beast was probably adopted to designate the stake played for, as people used to say “shilling-whist”’.


Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Charles Sedley (d. 1701), writer and politician.