- 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 cherubim
An' then there was pomegranates an' cherubim, an' as for silver an' gold, they were as common as dirt.Tiverton Tales
The Cherubim and Seraphim have wings that elevate them above our zenith.
But this I affirm to you, Elmer; of politics I am innocent like there never was a cherubim!The Crimson Tide
Robert W. Chambers
Willingly, master, and may it be like the sword of the cherubim, to guard and protect you to-day!The Golden Dog
Am I to maintain that black beetles are cherubim, because I am a black beetle?Out in the Forty-Five
Emily Sarah Holt
- 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 cherubim
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]
One of the groups of the angels.