noun, plural cher·ubs for 3, 4; cher·u·bim [cher-uh-bim, -yoo-bim] /ˈtʃɛr ə bɪm, -yʊ bɪm/ for 1, 2.
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)|Kevin Fallon|February 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The film opened with two African cherub babies playing in the dirt.
To her poetic imagination it seemed as if a cherub from heaven had been left to cheer her in the darkness.Fashion and Famine|Ann S. Stephens
She was beginning to think the "Cherub" might prove very companionable.A Little Florida Lady|Dorothy C. Paine
At the top of the page is the Eye of Providence with a Hebrew inscription, and on each side a cherub symbolising the winds.The Old English Herbals|Eleanour Sinclair Rohde
With respect therefore to the Cherub I will offer my opinion as far as I have been enabled to form it from reading.Commentary on Genesis, Vol. I|Martin Luther
A spirited conversation ensued, in which the cherub sisters bore away the palm.Barford Abbey|Susannah Minific Gunning
British Dictionary definitions for cherub
noun plural cherubs or cherubim (ˈtʃɛrəbɪm, -ʊbɪm)
Word Origin for cherub
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]