cherub


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Acronyms, Wikipedia.
Related to cherub: cherubim

cherub

(chĕr`əb), plural cherubim, kind of angelangel
, [Gr.,=messenger], bodiless, immortal spirit, limited in knowledge and power, accepted in the traditional belief of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam and other religions. Angels appear frequently in the Bible, often in critical roles, e.g., visiting Abraham and Lot (Gen.
..... Click the link for more information.
. 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 seraphseraph
, plural seraphim
, supernatural being. The name seems to derive from the Hebrew word "to burn." According to the Book of Isaiah, seraphim have six wings. Scholars have suggested that seraphim were winged serpents.
..... Click the link for more information.
) they are said to be in the very presence of God. The color surrounding them is traditionally blue.
The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia™ Copyright © 2013, Columbia University Press. Licensed from Columbia University Press. All rights reserved. www.cc.columbia.edu/cu/cup/

cherub

celestial being symbolizing dignity, glory, and honor. [Heraldry: Halberts, 23]
See: Dignity
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

cherub

Theol a member of the second order of angels, whose distinctive gift is knowledge, often represented as a winged child or winged head of a child
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
References in periodicals archive ?
I've got this cartoons here, and it shows this little cherubs, couples who didn't like each other, and had bad words between them, they were neighbors and then these cherubs came like airplanes flying in and firing a lot of arrows and finally the woman and the man were struck and there you saw this valentine ('which is the shape of the behind of a woman upside down and not the shape of a heart, which all is made to believe') over their head and there is love and they got married, everything was wonderful.
It is quite possible the cherub became dislodged because somebody grabbed it as the water came crashing in.
Irene Lloyd-Jones next to her family grave in Allerton Cemetery, from where a cherub statue was stolen at some time in the past three weeks JAMES MALONEY
In response to the recent attention in the media regarding the RIVER study run by the UK CHERUB collaboration, we would like to provide some additional detail.
The absolute rule: CHERUB agents are never put in danger unless the mission can't be performed by an adult.
Blue Cherub was created by website developer and owner, Erik Gassler.
He wrote the first Cherub series of 12 books in chronological order, the hero ageing with each nailbiting episode, but had to stop when James was 18 and too old to be in Cherub.
TRAGIC MEMORIES n Cup, bracelet and binoculars GRAND3 Cherub from staircase UP 3FROM THE DEEP Salvage crews found relics from watch to hat and jewelled ring in debris field around wreck FROM ZDEAD Glasses and waistcoat
As a Year 6 teacher, I'm fine with the content in the Cherub titles (certainly the ones that I've read).
CHINA CHERUB attempts to gain back-to-back victories in the Mayo Wynne Baxter Solicitors Handicap (8.00) at Lingfield this evening, with trainer Simon Dow fearing a high draw will scupper her chance.
BTCNLR LLC, led by Brian Todd Scott, purchased the Cherub's Closet project at 5345 JFK Blvd.