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

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The most stunning display is probably the church’s massive chandelier, which contains almost every bone found in the human body (plus some creepy cherubs for good measure). Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "Creepy Catacombs, Islands of Dolls, and 18 Other Terrifying Places for Thrill Seekers," 4 Sep. 2019 In past years, The Beatles, Cal Ripken Jr., various cherubs, even the Mona Lisa have all-but come to life, in often-stunning detail. Chris Kaltenbach,, "Things to do in and around Baltimore this week: Madonnari Arts Festival, Baltimore Ukrainian Festival, Maryland Seafood Festival and more," 1 Sep. 2019 Hevelius surrounded one lunar map with baroque flourishes: cherubs brandishing pronouncements, looking through telescopes or studiously drawing. Vicki Goldberg, New York Times, "The Moon Sits for Its Portrait," 3 July 2019 We were quickly escorted to a table at the center of the action — a two-story atrium with an ornate fountain, little cherubs spouting water delicately into the stone pool below. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "At pricey East End Italian restaurant, you may be paying more for the experience than food," 26 June 2019 On a mantelpiece, an elaborate gilt clock ticks, its golden cherubs preparing their mechanized dance. Daniel Mendelsohn, The New York Review of Books, "Ingmar Bergman, Novelist," 18 Apr. 2019 The famous holiday cherub magically arrived atop the Ayres Clock on the corner of the Carson Pirie Scott Department Store in Downtown Indianapolis on Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "More than 300 Hoosiers will lose their jobs when Carson's stores close," 8 Feb. 2018 Those beloved Viennese cherubs are back in Seattle, with a single performance of varied repertoire under the direction of Oliver Stech. The Seattle Times, "Everything you need to know about the hottest tickets in town: Seattle events for November 2018," 26 Oct. 2018 The trove includes a ring with a blue sapphire surrounded by 14 diamonds and a bronze cherub from the grand staircase used by Titanic’s first-class passengers. Lillian Rizzo, WSJ, "Titanic Artifacts to Be Auctioned Off in October," 19 Sep. 2018

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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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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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