A gold cherub.
Cupid is an example of a cherub.
- Bible one of the winged heavenly beings that support the throne of God or act as guardian spirits: Ezek. 10
- Christian Theol. any of the second order of angels, usually ranked just below the seraphim
- a representation of one of the cherubim as, in early art, a winged angel clothed in red or, later, a chubby, rosy-faced child with wings
- a person, esp. a child, with a sweet, innocent face
Origin of cherubMiddle English ; from Old English ceruphin ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin cherub ; from Classical Hebrew (language) ker?bh ; from Akkadian kar?bu, gracious ; from kar?bu, to bless
- pl. cher·u·bim a. A winged celestial being.b. cherubim Christianity The second of the nine orders of angels in medieval angelology.
- pl. cher·ubs a. A putto.b. A person, especially a child, with an innocent or chubby face.
Origin of cherubMiddle English, from Late Latin, from Hebrew k&schwa;rûb; see krb in Semitic roots.
(plural cherubs or cherubim)
- A winged creature represented over 90 times in the Bible as attending on God, later seen as the second highest order of angels, ranked above thrones and below seraphim. First mention is in Genesis 3:24
- A statue or other depiction of such a being, typically in the form of a winged child.
- (figuratively) A person, especially a child, seen as being particularly innocent or angelic.
From Old English cerubin, from Late Latin cherub, from Ancient Greek χερούβ (kheroub), ultimately from Hebrew כְּרוּב (kerúv)