- a celestial being. Gen. 3:24; Ezek. 1, 10.
- Theology. a member of the second order of angels, often represented as a beautiful rosy-cheeked child with wings.
- a beautiful or innocent person, especially a child.
- a person, especially a child, with a sweet, chubby, innocent face.
Origin of cherub
Examples from the Web for cherub
The little 17-year-old Russian cherub lutzed and salchowed like she was born for that expressed purpose.Sotnikova Beat Kim Yu-Na? Figure Skating Is Probably Corrupt (But We Knew That)
February 21, 2014
The film opened with two African cherub babies playing in the dirt.Way Too Cute
May 6, 2010
The Cherub waited for an explanation of these contradictory remarks.
The Cherub pursed his fat round lips in a soft whistle of enlightenment.
I wish it to be a little of a citizen, before it is quite a cherub.Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Go to bed and sleep like the cherub you are, while I expiate here with my pipe.Blue-grass and Broadway
Maria Thompson Daviess
A decided case of 'up aloft': he looks quite the cherub, does he not?Frank Fairlegh
Frank E. Smedley
- theol a member of the second order of angels, whose distinctive gift is knowledge, often represented as a winged child or winged head of a child
- an innocent or sweet child
Word Origin and History for cherub
late 14c. as an order of angels, from Late Latin cherub, from Greek cheroub, from Hebrew kerubh (plural kerubhim) "winged angel," perhaps related to Akkadian karubu "to bless," karibu "one who blesses," an epithet of the bull-colossus. Old English had cerubin, from the Greek plural.
The cherubim, a common feature of ancient Near Eastern mythology, are not to be confused with the round-cheeked darlings of Renaissance iconography. The root of the terms either means "hybrid" or, by an inversion of consonants, "mount," "steed," and they are winged beasts, probably of awesome aspect, on which the sky god of the old Canaanite myths and of the poetry of Psalms goes riding through the air. [Robert Alter, "The Five Books of Moses," 2004, commentary on Gen. iii:24]