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cherub

[ cher-uhb ]
/ ˈtʃɛr əb /
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noun, plural cher·ubs for 3, 4; cher·u·bim [cher-uh-bim, -yoo-bim] /ˈtʃɛr ə bɪm, -yʊ bɪm/ for 1, 2.
a celestial being. Genesis 3:24; Ezekiel 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.
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Origin of cherub

First recorded before 900; Middle English, from Latin, from Greek, from Hebrew kərūbh; replacing Middle English cherubin, Old English c(h)erubin, cerubim (all singular), from Latin cherūbim, from Greek, from Hebrew kərūbhīm (plural)

OTHER WORDS FROM cherub

che·ru·bic [chuh-roo-bik], /tʃəˈru bɪk/, che·ru·bi·cal, adjectivecher·ub·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for cherub

cherub
/ (ˈtʃɛrəb) /

noun plural cherubs or cherubim (ˈtʃɛrəbɪm, -ʊbɪm)
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

Derived forms of cherub

cherubic (tʃəˈruːbɪk) or cherubical, adjectivecherubically, adverb

Word Origin for cherub

Old English, from Hebrew kěrūbh
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