Definition of cherub noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈtʃerəb//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃerəb//
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  1. 1(pl. cherubs, cherubim
    BrE BrE//ˈtʃerəbɪm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃerəbɪm//
    (in art) a type of angel, shown as a small fat, usually male, child with wings carvings of Madonnas and cherubs compare seraph
  2. 2(cherubs) (informal) a pretty child; a child who behaves well I was quite a good student—no cherub, but no devil either.
  3. Word Origin Old English cherubin, ultimately (via Latin and Greek) from Hebrew kěrūb̲, plural kěrūb̲īm. A rabbinic folk etymology, which explains the Hebrew singular form as representing Aramaic kě-rab̲yā ‘like a child’, led to the representation of the cherub as a child.
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