- a plural of seraph.
Origin of seraphim
- one of the celestial beings hovering above God's throne in Isaiah's vision. Isa. 6.
- a member of the highest order of angels, often represented as a child's head with wings above, below, and on each side.
Origin of seraph
Examples from the Web for seraphim
Father Seraphim began to drive them away, saying that Father Sergius was tired.Father Sergius
He hears and feels what you say of the seraphim, and of the tin-peddler.Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The organ was rolling and voices arose sweet as those of seraphim.The Strollers
Frederic S. Isham
The Cherubim and Seraphim have wings that elevate them above our zenith.
Around this figure is painted a group of Seraphim on a grey blue ground.Ely Cathedral
- theol a member of the highest order of angels in the celestial hierarchies, often depicted as the winged head of a child
- Old Testament one of the fiery six-winged beings attendant upon Jehovah in Isaiah's vision (Isaiah 6)
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."