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Definitions for CHERUB
ˈtʃɛr əb; ˈtʃɛr ə bɪm, -yʊ bɪmcher·ub

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cherubnoun

    a sweet innocent baby

  2. cherubnoun

    an angel of the second order whose gift is knowledge; usually portrayed as a winged child


  1. cherubnoun

    A winged creature represented over 90 times in the Bible as attending on God, later seen as the second highest order of angels, ranked above thrones and below seraphim. First mention is in Genesis 3:24

  2. cherubnoun

    A statue or other depiction of such a being, typically in the form of a winged child.

  3. cherubnoun

    A person, especially a child, seen as being particularly innocent or angelic.

  4. Etymology: Ultimately from כרוב

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CHERUBnoun

    A celestial spirit, which, in the hierarchy, is placed next in order to the seraphim. All the several descriptions which the Scripture gives us of cherubin, differ from one another; as they are described in the shapes of men, eagles, oxen, lions, and in a composition of all these figures put together. The hieroglyphical representations in the embroidery upon the curtains of the Tabernacle, were called by Moses, Exod. xxvi. 1. cherubim of cunning work. Augustin Calmet

    Etymology: כרב plur. כרביםּ It is sometimes written in the plural, improperly, cherubims.

    The roof o’ th’ chamber
    With gold cherubims is fretted. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    Heav’n’s cherubin hors’d,
    Upon the sightless coursers of the air,
    Shall blow the horrid deed in ev’ry eye,
    That tears shall drown the wind. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Some cherub finishes what you begun,
    And to a miracle improves a tune. Matthew Prior.


  1. Cherub

    A cherub (; plural cherubim; Hebrew: כְּרוּב kərūḇ, pl. כְּרוּבִים kərūḇīm, likely borrowed from a derived form of Akkadian:


  1. cherub

    A cherub is a type of spiritual being mentioned in the Bible, often depicted in religious art as a baby or young child with wings. In Christian angelic hierarchy, cherubs are ranked second, directly below seraphim. They are considered to be angels of the second highest order of the ninefold celestial hierarchy. Cherubs are often associated with love, innocence, and purity.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cherubnoun

    a mysterious composite being, the winged footstool and chariot of the Almighty, described in Ezekiel i. and x

  2. Cherubnoun

    a symbolical winged figure of unknown form used in connection with the mercy seat of the Jewish Ark and Temple

  3. Cherubnoun

    one of a order of angels, variously represented in art. In European painting the cherubim have been shown as blue, to denote knowledge, as distinguished from the seraphim (see Seraph), and in later art the children's heads with wings are generally called cherubs

  4. Cherubnoun

    a beautiful child; -- so called because artists have represented cherubs as beautiful children

  5. Etymology: [Heb. kerb.]


  1. Cherub

    A cherub is a type of spiritual being mentioned in the Hebrew Bible and cited later on in the Christian biblical canons, usually associated with the presence of God. The plural can be written as cherubim or cherubs. In modern English the word cherub is sometimes used for what are strictly putti — baby or toddler angels in art. This article is concerned with the original sense of the word. Cherubim are mentioned in the Torah, the Book of Ezekiel, and the Book of Isaiah. They are also mentioned in the books of 1 Kings, 2 Kings, 1 Chronicles, and 2 Chronicles mainly in the construction of the House of God. There is only one mention in the New Testament, in Hebrews 9:5, referring to the mercy seat of the Ark of the Covenant.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cherub

    cher′ub, n. a winged creature with human face, represented as associated with Jehovah, esp. drawing his chariot-throne: a celestial spirit: a beautiful child:—pl. Cher′ubs, Cher′ubim, Cher′ubims.—adjs. Cheru′bic, -al, Cherubim′ic, angelic.—adv. Cheru′bically.—n. Cher′ubin (Shak.), a cherub. [Heb. k’rūb, pl. k’rūbīm.]

Editors Contribution

  1. cherubnoun

    A class of winged angels, associated with the throne of God, who function as guardians and who prevented Adam and Eve from returning returning to the garden of Eden.

    The Angels that have passed in the name of our Lord Christ is forged as the Cherub of Jehovah.

    Etymology: True Faithful Saints

    Submitted by Tehorah_Elyon on October 1, 2023  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of CHERUB in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of CHERUB in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of CHERUB in a Sentence

  1. Hoyt Sherman:

    So the assumption was it was tucked away there either because it needed some repair work or the content, because it is a full backside nude of Venus de Milo and another cherub sans clothing.

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