noun \ˈser-əf\

: a type of angel that is described in the Bible : an angel of the highest rank

plural ser·a·phim \-ə-ˌfim, -ˌfēm\ or seraphs

Full Definition of SERAPH

:  seraphim 2

Origin of SERAPH

assumed singular of Hebrew śĕrāphīm
First Known Use: 1667

Rhymes with SERAPH


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In Jewish, Christian, and Islamic literature, a celestial being with two or three pairs of wings who guards the throne of God. In Christian angelology, seraphim are the highest-ranking in the hierarchy of angels. In art they are often painted red, symbolizing fire. They appear in the Old Testament in a vision of Isaiah as six-winged creatures praising God. See also cherub.


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