cher·​ub ˈcher-əb How to pronounce cherub (audio)
plural cherubs or cherubim ˈcher-ə-ˌbim How to pronounce cherub (audio)
 also  ˈcher-yə-
cherubim plural : an order of angels see celestial hierarchy
plural usually cherubs
: a beautiful usually winged child in painting and sculpture
: an innocent-looking usually chubby and rosy person
This torrent of arcane football lingo spewed from the lips of a red-haired, freckle-faced cherubTim Layden
chə-ˈrü-bik How to pronounce cherub (audio)
 also  ˈcher-ə-
cherubically adverb
cherublike adjective

Examples of cherub in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Sonny Angel—a cute, collectible cherub figurine who is stark naked save for its colorful headwear—has exploded in popularity over the past two years thanks to social media. Jasmine Li, Fortune, 19 Apr. 2024 In Italy, where statues grace piazzas, carved cherubs cling to building facades, and ancient crosses are everywhere, Elswit’s postcard panoramas could come straight out of mid-century Italian films by Fellini or Antonioni or Rossellini. Judy Berman, TIME, 4 Apr. 2024 Who is Cupid? Cupid, the arrow-shooting cherub associated with Valentine's Day, is rooted in both Roman and Greek mythology. Victoria Moorwood, The Enquirer, 13 Feb. 2024 The castle was also decorated with cherubs, miniature renaissance paintings and silk flowers. Erin Clack, Peoplemag, 4 Mar. 2024 My favorite, predictably, was the Tunnel of Love, where couples can pose on a vintage pink Cadillac under a roof painted with cherubs. Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times, 10 Feb. 2024 There is no trace here of the pubescent figure with noticeable nipples or of the decorative, soft-cheeked cherub. Farah Peterson, The Atlantic, 14 Dec. 2023 After the ceremony, Shawn and Matt snuck away to read private vows to each other as guests walked across the grounds to Cranbrook House for cocktails, picking off bites of the cheese urns underneath the school’s stone cherub statues. Jocelyn Silver, Vogue, 12 Dec. 2023 Did your sister really give you a plaster cherub with a clock in its stomach? Jacobina Martin, Washington Post, 1 Jan. 2024

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Word History


Latin, from Greek cheroub, from Hebrew kĕrūbh

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Cherub.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


cher·​ub ˈcher-əb How to pronounce cherub (audio)
: a painting or drawing of a beautiful child usually with wings
: a chubby rosy child
cherubic adjective

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