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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

    Etymology: Ultimately from כרוב

  2. cherubnoun

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

    Etymology: Ultimately from כרוב

  3. cherubnoun

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

    Etymology: Ultimately from כרוב

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cherubnoun

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

    Etymology: [Heb. kerb.]

  2. Cherubnoun

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

    Etymology: [Heb. kerb.]

  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

    Etymology: [Heb. kerb.]

  4. Cherubnoun

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

    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.]

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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

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    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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