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 The sound that came shooting back to the surface was extraordinary: a dazzling ricochet that went pyew-pyew-pah-pyewww, like an aggrieved orchestra of cherubs smashing their harps. Chris Richards, Washington Post, "Try listening to Beatrice Dillon inside and outside your head," 26 Feb. 2020 Standing in a room with black and white marble floors, white marble counters, a ceiling adorned by a circle of winged cherubs and a chandelier must have made an impression on the young man. Marylynne Pitz, Washington Post, "Generations of African Americans trusted Dollar Bank," 25 Feb. 2020 Here, the child, a cherub with a halo of dark curls, comes into focus gradually. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, "‘Wendy’ Review: Where Playtime Goes On … and On," 27 Feb. 2020 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 Without a harp, without a halo a cherub’s A-Rod without J.Lo. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "A Christmas sports poem: Clarence earns an encore, and his halo," 24 Dec. 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 The new French Room had a swanky cocktail bar and a new lounge, but longtime fans seemed more consumed with the famous cherub murals, which were gone. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "2 downtown Dallas restaurants, Bullion and the French Room, undergo significant shifts," 21 Jan. 2020 The wings might belong to cherubs, common in rococo scenes. Washington Post, "In the galleries: Cultures, collisions, climate change and French connections," 10 Jan. 2020

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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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18 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Cherub.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cherub. Accessed 28 May. 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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