Origin of seraphim
Definition for seraphim (2 of 2)
noun, plural ser·aphs, ser·a·phim [ser-uh-fim] /ˈsɛr ə fɪm/.
Origin of seraph
Examples from the Web for seraphim
"She is no fool, your new secretary, Seraphim," he called down the table to his aunt.The Career of Katherine Bush|Elinor Glyn
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
First the seraphim, then the cherubim, and afterwards the simple angels.Astronomical Myths|John F. Blake
Was it one of the seraphim that pressed her lips to his, that dropped tears upon his cheeks?Daughters of the Revolution and Their Times|Charles Carleton Coffin
The Seraphim, a lyrical drama, though immature, is of high promise.The Age of Tennyson|Hugh Walker
British Dictionary definitions for seraphim
noun plural -aphs or -aphim (-əfɪm)
Word Origin for seraph
Word Origin and History for seraphim
1667, first used by Milton (probably on analogy of cherub/cherubim), back-formed singular from Old English seraphim (plural), from Late Latin seraphim, from Greek seraphim, from Hebrew seraphim (only in Isa. vi), plural of *saraph (which does not occur in the Bible), probably literally "the burning one," from saraph "it burned." Seraphs were traditionally regarded as burning or flaming angels, though the word seems to have some etymological sense of "flying," perhaps from confusion with the root of Arabic sharafa "be lofty." Some scholars identify it with a word found in other passages interpreted as "fiery flying serpent."