noun cher·ub \ˈcher-əb, ˈche-rəb\

: 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

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

Full Definition of CHERUB

plural :  an order of angels — see celestial hierarchy
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 \chə-ˈrü-bik also ˈcher-ə-\ adjective
che·ru·bi·cal·ly \-bi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
cher·ub·like \ˈcher-əb-ˌlīk\ adjective

Origin of CHERUB

Latin, from Greek cheroub, from Hebrew kĕrūbh
First Known Use: 13th century

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CHERUBICALLY Defined for Kids


noun cher·ub \ˈcher-əb\

Definition of CHERUB for Kids

:  a beautiful child usually with wings in paintings and drawings
:  a cute chubby child


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