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cher·ub / ˈcherəb/ • n. (pl. cher·u·bim) / ˈcher(y)əbim/ a winged angelic being described in biblical tradition as attending on God. It is regarded in traditional Christian angelology as an angel of the second highest order of the ninefold celestial hierarchy. ∎  (pl. cher·u·bim / ˈcher(y)əˌbim/ or cher·ubs ) a representation of a cherub in art, depicted as a chubby, healthy-looking child with wings. ∎  (pl. cher·ubs) a beautiful or innocent-looking child. ORIGIN: Old English cherubin, ultimately (via Latin and Greek) from Hebrew kĕrūb, plural kĕrūbīm. A rabbinic folk etymology, which explains the Hebrew singular form as representing Aramaic kĕ-rab ‘like a child,’ led to the representation of the cherub as a child.

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cherub a winged angelic being described in biblical tradition as attending on God, represented in ancient Middle Eastern art as a lion or a bull with eagles' wings and a human face and regarded in Christian angelology as an angel of the second highest order of the ninefold celestial hierarchy; the plural form is cherubim.

In art, the word denotes a representation of a cherub, depicted as a chubby, healthy-looking child with wings; the plural form is cherubim or cherubs.

Recorded from Old English (in form cherubin), the word comes ultimately, via Latin and Greek, from Hebrew kĕrūḇ, plural kĕrūḇīm. A rabbinic folk etymology, which explains the Hebrew singular form as representing Aramaic kĕ-raḇyā ‘like a child’, led to the representation of the cherub as a child.

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cherub (chĕr´əb), plural cherubim, kind of angel. Cherubim were probably thought of in the ancient Middle East as composite creatures like the winged creatures of Assyria. In Jewish tradition, they are described (Ezek. 10) as having four faces and four wings and also as beautiful young men; but late Christian art made plump children of them, as in Raphael's Sistine Madonna. With the seraphim (see seraph) they are said to be in the very presence of God. The color surrounding them is traditionally blue.

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cherub, (as †sg. and pl.) cherubim †(cherubim) seat or dwelling of the Deity (after biblical use) OE.; (cherub, -im, -in) angel(s) of the second order XIII; †(cherubin) beautiful or beloved woman XVI; (cherub) beautiful innocent child XVIII. OE. and ME. cherubin, -im, ult. (through L. and F.) from Heb. kerûbhīm, pl. of kerûbh — Accadian karūbu gracious, kirūbu propitious, f. karābu incline graciously.

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Cherub. Chubby winged male infant, or a winged infant's head, also called Cupid, similar to the Antique and Renaissance Amorino or Love, found in profusion in Baroque architecture and decoration. Compare putto.

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Cherub (from Heb., keruv). A winged heavenly creature.

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cherub •Jacob •Arab, carob, scarab, Shatt al-Arab •cherub

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