noun \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

Other Christian Religious Terms

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noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In Jewish, Christian, and Islamic literature, a celestial winged being with human, animal, or birdlike characteristics. They are included among the angels, and in the Hebrew scriptures they are described as the throne bearers of God. In Christianity and Islam they are celestial attendants of God and praise him continually. Known as karubun in Islam, they repeat “Glory to God” ceaselessly, and they dwell in a section of heaven inaccessible to attacks by the Devil. In art they are often depicted as winged infants. See also seraph.


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