nounpl. -·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 seraphīn, seraphīm from Greek serapheim from Hebrew śərāpîm pl. of śārāp fiery serpent, seraph from śārap to burn śrp1
- se·raph′ic se·raph′i·cal
(plural seraphs or seraphim)