- The definition of cherubims are angels or a depiction of angels, often shown as chubby children with wings.
An example of cherubims are angel statues.
- (irregular) plural form of cherub
From Hebrew cherubim כרוב, cherub + -ים; the Hebrew is plural, but the translators chose to add -s when borrowing the word into the English form, probably because the readers of the Authorized Version would not be familiar with Hebrew or Latin plurals.
Variant of cherub
nounpl. cherubs, cherubim , cherubims
- 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) kerūbh ; from Akkadian karūbu, gracious ; from karābu, to bless