cherub

noun
cher·​ub | \ ˈcher-əb How to pronounce cherub (audio) , ˈche-rəb \
plural cherubs or cherubim\ ˈcher-​ə-​ˌbim How to pronounce cherubim (audio) , ˈker-​ also  ˈcher-​yə-​ \

Definition of cherub

1 cherubim plural : an order of angels — see celestial hierarchy
2 plural usually cherubs
a : a beautiful usually winged child in painting and sculpture
b : an innocent-looking usually chubby and rosy person This torrent of arcane football lingo spewed from the lips of a red-haired, freckle-faced cherub— Tim Layden

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Other Words from cherub

cherubic \ chə-​ˈrü-​bik How to pronounce cherubic (audio) also  ˈcher-​ə-​ \ adjective
cherubically \ chə-​ˈrü-​bi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce cherubically (audio) \ adverb
cherublike \ ˈcher-​əb-​ˌlīk How to pronounce cherublike (audio) \ adjective

Examples of cherub in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And a little like a cherub blowing friendly winds on old-fashioned maps. BostonGlobe.com, "He also had a memorable role in the first season of the television series “Star Trek,” in 1966, playing the creepy, mischievous teenage cult leader on a planet of children.," 25 Nov. 2019 Gilded candelabra, trumpet-blowing angels, lion-taming cherubs, dolphins, starfish, sea monsters and birds proclaim joy. Elaine Sciolino, New York Times, "Knowing Paris by Its Bridges," 4 Nov. 2019 And a little like a cherub blowing friendly winds on old-fashioned maps. BostonGlobe.com, "He also had a memorable role in the first season of the television series “Star Trek,” in 1966, playing the creepy, mischievous teenage cult leader on a planet of children.," 25 Nov. 2019 And a little like a cherub blowing friendly winds on old-fashioned maps. New York Times, "Michael J. Pollard, Character Actor in ‘Bonnie and Clyde,’ Dies at 80," 22 Nov. 2019 Baby Yoda hype has produced beatific meme-collection posts showcasing how many adherents would die for the li'l green cherub, speculations about what role Baby Yoda will play in The Mandalorian, and beyond. Wired, "Love Baby Yoda, You Must," 22 Nov. 2019 Children content as cherubs play Monopoly in the shade. Antonia Quirke, Condé Nast Traveler, "These Islands Near Sicily Might Be the Last Uncrowded Part of Italy," 22 Aug. 2019 But Tintoretto rarely took his cues from other painters, and in this case, the Annunciation is a moment of great tumult, as the angel flies in horizontally while a band of putti (cherubs) stream in through an open window above. Washington Post, "Seeing Tintoretto is Venice is very nice. But so is seeing his works in a well-lit museum.," 27 June 2019 Some have achieved maximum kitsch through liberal use of cherubs, murals, carvings, lights and bibs. Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times, "In San Francisco’s North Beach, pasta, poetry and a big helping of uncertainty," 14 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of cherub

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cherub

Latin, from Greek cheroub, from Hebrew kĕrūbh

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The first known use of cherub was in the 14th century

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15 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Cherub.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cherub. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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More Definitions for cherub

cherub

noun
How to pronounce cherub (audio)

English Language Learners 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

cherub

noun
cher·​ub | \ ˈcher-əb How to pronounce cherub (audio) \

Kids Definition of cherub

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

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