cherub

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noun cher·ub \ˈcher-əb, ˈche-rəb\

Definition of cherub

plural

cherubs

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cherubim

play \ˈcher-ə-ˌbim, ˈker- also ˈcher-yə-\
  1. 1 cherubim plural :  an order of angels — see celestial hierarchy

  2. 2 plural usually cherubs a :  a beautiful usually winged child in painting and sculptureb :  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

Origin and Etymology of cherub

Latin, from Greek cheroub, from Hebrew kĕrūbh


First Known Use: 14th century

Other Christian Religious Terms


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

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noun cher·ub \ˈcher-əb\

Definition of cherub for Students

  1. 1 :  a beautiful child usually with wings in paintings and drawings

  2. 2 :  a cute chubby child


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