cherub

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English[edit]

A cherub, as described by Ezekiel.

Etymology[edit]

From Old English cerubin, from Late Latin cherub, from Ancient Greek χερούβ (kheroúb), ultimately from Hebrew כְּרוּב (kerúv)

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Noun[edit]

cherub (plural cherubs or cherubim)

  1. 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. A statue or other depiction of such a being, typically in the form of a winged child.
  3. (figuratively) A person, especially a child, seen as being particularly innocent or angelic.

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Latin[edit]

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Noun[edit]

cherub m

  1. cherub
    • 405, Jerome and others, Vulgate, Exodus 25:19
      cherub unus sit in latere uno et alter in altero
      place one cherub on one side, and the other [cherub] on the other [side]

Inflection[edit]

Nominative plural cherubin