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

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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 At the end of the first book, a picture of Eevee shows a cherub of a child. Washington Post, "When the cicadas last swarmed, a children’s book eased fears. Now, 17 years later, it’s helping again.," 28 Apr. 2021 Downtown visitors can once again meet up under the cherub this holiday season. Michelle Pemberton, The Indianapolis Star, "The L.S. Ayres Clock cherub 'magically' appears downtown once again," 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, "This New Year’s Eve, Times Square Will Be Filled With Hope. But Not People.," 30 Dec. 2020 The cherub first appeared atop the L.S. Ayres Clock in 1947. Michelle Pemberton, The Indianapolis Star, "The L.S. Ayres Clock cherub 'magically' appears downtown once again," 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, "Bipartisan resolution asks Louisville mayor to restore King Louis statue, return it downtown," 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, "'This clock means so much to people': Restoration is starting on downtown's Ayres clock," 28 Aug. 2020 The bridegroom chose a semi-matching outfit of black brocade lined with crimson silk, and a cap topped with a brooch that his new wife had given him, featuring a unicorn and a cherub. Anne Thériault, Longreads, "Queens of Infamy: Lucrezia Borgia," 28 May 2020 If Dave was the Alpha, Martin was the poet — dreamy, elusive, and gorgeous, like a pervy cherub in a leather vest. Laura Bond, Longreads, "What I Did for (Strange) Love," 10 Aug. 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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“Cherub.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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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


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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