cherub

noun cher·ub \ ˈcher-əb , ˈche-rəb \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of cherub

plural cherubs or cherubim play \ˈcher-ə-ˌbim, ˈker- also ˈcher-yə-\
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

cherubic

play \chə-ˈrü-bik also ˈcher-ə-\ adjective

cherubically

play \-bi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

cherublike

play \ˈcher-əb-ˌlīk\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of cherub

Latin, from Greek cheroub, from Hebrew kĕrūbh

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CHERUB Defined for English Language Learners

cherub

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Definition of cherub for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

cherub

noun cher·ub \ ˈcher-əb \

Definition of cherub for Students

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

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