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cherub

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noun cher·ub \ˈcher-əb, ˈche-rəb\

Simple Definition of cherub

  • : a type of angel that is usually shown in art as a beautiful young child with small wings and a round face and body

  • : someone (such as a child) who is thought of as being like a small angel

Full Definition of cherub

plural usually cher·u·bim play \ˈcher-ə-ˌbim, ˈker- also ˈcher-yə-\

  1. 1 plural :  an order of angels — see celestial hierarchy

  2. 2 plural usually cherubs a :  a beautiful usually winged child in painting and sculpture b :  an innocent-looking usually chubby and rosy person

che·ru·bic play \chə-ˈrü-bik also ˈcher-ə-\ adjective
che·ru·bi·cal·ly play \-bi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
cher·ub·like play \ˈcher-əb-ˌlīk\ adjective

Origin of cherub

Latin, from Greek cheroub, from Hebrew kĕrūbh


First Known Use: 13th century

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