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.
angel (part of speech: noun)
- He smiled underneath it at the Hermit like a happy cherub. - "A Little Bush Maid", Mary Grant Bruce.
- You can begin to eat, said Nanon, coming downstairs four steps at a time; the young one is sleeping like a cherub. - "Eugenie Grandet", Honore de Balzac.
- Even the harness would have held if you hadnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ t been so heavy as to make Cherub break away from the load. - "Natalie: A Garden Scout", Lillian Elizabeth Roy.