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Definition of cherub:

  1. A beautiful child; - so called because artists have represented cherubs as beautiful children.
  2. A mysterious composite being, the winged footstool and chariot of the Almighty, described in Ezekiel i. and x.
  3. A symbolical winged figure of unknown form used in connection with the mercy seat of the Jewish Ark and Temple.
  4. One of a order of angels, variously represented in art. In European painting the cherubim have been shown as blue, to denote knowledge, as distinguished from the seraphim ( see Seraph), and in later art the children's heads with wings are generally called cherubs.


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