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

Other Words from cherub

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

Examples of cherub in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Guests were served a five-tiered cake adorned with white swan pillars, bells, tiny sugar flowers, and a white-chocolate cherub. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 6 July 2021 Further analysis shows that the belt was decorated with images of a lion and a cherub; the sword’s scabbard, meanwhile, bore the likeness of an oval shield. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 May 2021 At the end of the first book, a picture of Eevee shows a cherub of a child. Washington Post, 28 Apr. 2021 Downtown visitors can once again meet up under the cherub this holiday season. Michelle Pemberton, The Indianapolis Star, 27 Nov. 2020 We have been conditioned to believe that with a clock’s tick on one particular midnight, a bent old man hands the baton of time to a sprightly cherub in a top hat. New York Times, 30 Dec. 2020 The cherub first appeared atop the L.S. Ayres Clock in 1947. Michelle Pemberton, The Indianapolis Star, 27 Nov. 2020 In the 1990s, a long crack was reported in Louis' cloak, and two toes were missing from a cherub at his feet. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, 4 Nov. 2020 The cherub was designed by the artist Virginia Holmes, who worked in the L.S. Ayres department store’s advertising department. Christine Fernando, The Indianapolis Star, 28 Aug. 2020 See More

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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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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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