[ cher-uhb ]
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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.
  1. a celestial being. Genesis 3:24; Ezekiel 1, 10.

  2. Theology. a member of the second order of angels, often represented as a beautiful rosy-cheeked child with wings.

  1. a beautiful or innocent person, especially a child.

  2. a person, especially a child, with a sweet, chubby, innocent face.

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, adjective
  • cher·ub·like, adjective

Words Nearby cherub Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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British Dictionary definitions for cherub


/ (ˈtʃɛrəb) /

nounplural cherubs or cherubim (ˈtʃɛrəbɪm, -ʊbɪm)
  1. 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

  2. an innocent or sweet child

Origin of cherub

Old English, from Hebrew kěrūbh

Derived forms of cherub

  • cherubic (tʃəˈruːbɪk) or cherubical, adjective
  • cherubically, adverb

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