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1. pl. cher·u·bim (chĕr′ə-bĭm′, -yə-bĭm′)
a. A winged celestial being.
b. cherubim Christianity The second of the nine orders of angels in medieval angelology.
2. pl. cher·ubs
a. A putto.
b. A person, especially a child, with an innocent or chubby face.

[Middle English, from Late Latin, from Hebrew kərûb; see krb in Semitic roots.]

che·ru′bic (chə-ro͞o′bĭk) adj.
che·ru′bi·cal·ly adv.


 cherubs collectively or plural, 1613.
References in classic literature ?
As he lay in bed, face upward, and so covered, with that exception, that he seemed to be nothing but a face - like a conventional cherubim - he looked the queerest object I ever beheld.
But far within And in thir own dimensions like themselves The great Seraphic Lords and Cherubim In close recess and secret conclave sat A thousand Demy-Gods on golden seat's, Frequent and full.
And know, proud knight, we number names amongst us to which your boasted northern nobility is as the gourd compared with the cedar names that ascend far back to those high times when the Divine Presence shook the mercy-seat between the cherubim, and which derive their splendour from no earthly prince, but from the awful Voice, which bade their fathers be nearest of the congregation to the Vision Such were the princes of the House of Jacob.
The four old faces then hover over teacups like a company of ghastly cherubim, Mrs.
child it is even so with the oldest cherubim of knowledge.
They have audaciously adjusted, in the name of "good taste," upon the wounds of gothic architecture, their miserable gewgaws of a day, their ribbons of marble, their pompons of metal, a veritable leprosy of egg-shaped ornaments, volutes, whorls, draperies, garlands, fringes, stone flames, bronze clouds, pudgy cupids, chubby- cheeked cherubim, which begin to devour the face of art in the oratory of Catherine de Medicis, and cause it to expire, two centuries later, tortured and grimacing, in the boudoir of the Dubarry.
He never loved me; he never loved Wackford, who is next door but one to a cherubim.
I shall not presume to interfere in the old politics of the skies;--"The cherubim know most; the seraphim love most.
18 You shall make two cherubim of gold, make them of hammered work at the two ends of the mercy seat.
Two citizens injured by terrorists' shell on the Cherubim Monastery in Damascus Countryside Two citizens were injured by terrorists' mortar shell that was launched on the Cherubim Monastery in Saidnaya are in Damascus Countryside on Friday.
Enough for him, whom Cherubim Worship night and day, A breastful of milk, And a mangerful of hay; Enough for him, whom Angels Fall down before, The ox and ass and camel Which adore.
MISS MONICA, who finished third in the 10furlong maiden behind Cherubim at Brighton yesterday, clearly hated the fast ground.