- The definition of a cherub is a sweet looking innocent baby, or is a winged angelic figure.
Cupid is an example of a cherub.
A gold cherub.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- 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: Middle English ; from Old English ceruphin ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin cherub ; from Classical Hebrew (language) kerūbh ; from Akkadian karūbu, gracious ; from karābu, to bless
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- 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 representation of a small angel, portrayed as a child with a chubby rosy face.b. A person, especially a child, with an innocent or chubby face.
Origin: Middle English, from Late Latin, from Hebrew kərûb; see krb in Semitic roots.
- che·ruˈbic adjective
- che·ruˈbi·cal·ly adverb