pl. -·a·phim· or -·aphs
- Bible one of the heavenly beings surrounding the throne of God, represented as having three pairs of wings: Isa. 6:2
- any of the highest order of angels, above the cherubim
Origin of seraphback-formation ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin seraphim, plural ; from Classical Hebrew (language) serafim, plural , singular saraf, probably ; from saraf, to burn
nounpl. ser·a·phim or ser·aphs
- Bible A celestial being having three pairs of wings.
- seraphim Christianity The first of the nine orders of angels in medieval angelology.
Origin of seraphBack-formation from pl. seraphim, from Middle English seraphin, from Old English, from Late Latin seraph&imacron;n, seraph&imacron;m, from Greek serapheim, from Hebrew ś&schwa;rapîm, pl. of śarap, fiery serpent, seraph, from śarap, to burn; see śrp1 in Semitic roots.
- se·raph′ic , se·raph′i·cal
(plural seraphs or seraphim)