noun, plural cher·ubs for 3, 4; cher·u·bim [cher-uh-bim, -yoo-bim] /ˈtʃɛr ə bɪm, -yʊ bɪm/ for 1, 2.
- cherry-red spot myoclonus syndrome,
Origin of cherub
Examples from the Web for cherubim
This scroll was signed with a stamp of cherubim's wings, not spread, but hanging downwards; and by them a cross.Ideal Commonwealths|Various
We much prefer Dr. Fairbairn's interpretation of the Cherubim to that of our author.
I will entreat the angels, the archangels, the cherubim and the seraphim for you—give me but your full name and address.The Created Legend|Feodor Sologub
And there appeared in the cherubim the form of a man's hand under their wings.The Prophet Ezekiel|Arno C. Gaebelein
First the seraphim, then the cherubim, and afterwards the simple angels.Astronomical Myths|John F. Blake
noun plural cherubs or cherubim (ˈtʃɛrəbɪm, -ʊbɪm)
Word Origin 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]
One of the groups of the angels.