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cherub

Definitions

  • An early 17th-century andiron in the Jamestown collection. Note the cherub’s head near the base
    An early 17th-century andiron in the Jamestown collection. Note the cherub’s head near the base
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n cherub an angel of the second order whose gift is knowledge; usually portrayed as a winged child
    • n cherub a sweet innocent baby
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Cherub A beautiful child; -- so called because artists have represented cherubs as beautiful children.
    • Cherub A mysterious composite being, the winged footstool and chariot of the Almighty, described in Ezekiel i. and x. "I knew that they were the cherubim .""He rode upon a cherub and did fly."
    • Cherub A symbolical winged figure of unknown form used in connection with the mercy seat of the Jewish Ark and Temple.
    • Cherub 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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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cherub One of an order of angels variously represented at different times, but generally as winged spirits with a human countenance (often simply as winged heads), and distinguished by their knowledge from the seraphs, whose distinctive quality is love. In the celestial hierarchy cherubs are represented as next in order to seraphs. The first mention of cherubs is in Gen. iii. 24, where their figure is not described, but their office was, with a flaming sword, to keep or guard the way of the tree of life. Figures of a pair of cherubs were placed on the mercy-seat of the ark, and a pair of colossal size overshadowed it in Solomon's temple with the canopy of their contiguously extended wings. They are called “the cherubims of glory” (Heb. ix. 5), as on them the glory, when visible, rested. They were anointed with the holy oil, like the ark itself and the other sacred furniture. Their wings were stretched upward, and their faces turned “toward each other, and toward the mercy-seat.” The cherubs seen in Ezekiel's vision had each four heads or faces, the hands of a man, and wings. The four faces were the face of a cherub, that of a man, that of a lion, and that of an eagle. They had the bodily form of a man. (Ezek. x.) The hieroglyphical and emblematical figures embroidered on the veils of the tabernacle were called “cherubims of cunning work” (Ex. xxvi. 1).
    • n cherub A beautiful child: so called because in painting and sculpture cherubs are generally represented as beautiful winged children.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cherub cher′ub a winged creature with human face, represented as associated with Jehovah, esp. drawing his chariot-throne: a celestial spirit: a beautiful child
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Heb. kerūb,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Heb. k’rūb, pl. k’rūbīm.

Usage

In literature:

The mother came along to hold her cherub in her lap.
"Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 26, August, 1880" by Various
In the work of Bartolommeo the finest cherubs are those of his Throne Madonna, the Madonna Enthroned, and the Risen Christ.
"Child-life in Art" by Estelle M. Hurll
The roundness was gone and with it the cherubic smile.
"The Varmint" by Owen Johnson
There are others with cherubs and curious supporters of shields of arms.
"Chats on Household Curios" by Fred W. Burgess
Nevertheless, she managed to put a great deal of winsomeness and roguishness into the role of the cherub.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
His smooth cheeks were positively cherubic.
"A Collection of Stories, Reviews and Essays" by Willa Cather
JUAN MARTINEZ MONTANES (died 1650) was a famous sculptor, and excelled in figures of children and cherubs.
"A History of Art for Beginners and Students" by Clara Erskine Clement
He seemed older and thinner and less the cherub she remembered.
"The Girl Scouts in Beechwood Forest" by Margaret Vandercook
Though a boy nearly six feet tall, he had a round, cherubic face, and soft, curly hair.
"Patty's Friends" by Carolyn Wells
CHERUBS, SEALED BOOK, LAMB, ETC.
"The New Testament" by Various
Houten with cherub's wings riding down on a pink cloudlet!
"Gold Out of Celebes" by Aylward Edward Dingle
Tim had the face of a cherub, if we can conceive a cherub with an habitual grime on his countenance.
"Grey Town" by Gerald Baldwin
Presently he reappeared on the stairs, bearing aloft upon his shoulder a rosy cherub of a baby, smiling and waving a chubby fist at the company.
"The Indifference of Juliet" by Grace S. Richmond
She pursed up her cherub mouth in imitation of the old-world lady.
"The Children of Wilton Chase" by Mrs. L. T. Meade
In the clothes he wore now he looked podgier than ever, and his round spectacles gave his round face the look of a prim cherub.
"The Trembling of a Leaf" by William Somerset Maugham
Is it not my own lovely cherub lying there?
"What the Moon Saw: and Other Tales" by Hans Christian Andersen
I'd much sooner be a young sinner than an elderly cherub.
"The Explorer" by W. Somerset Maugham
Is it not my own lovely cherub that lies there.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
Then he thought, grotesquely enough, that they might be cherubs.
"Tales of Space and Time" by Herbert George Wells
But for an accident I should now be a cherub of quality.
"The Strollers" by Frederic S. Isham
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In poetry:

Trope that itself not scans
Its huge significance,
Which tries
Cherubic eyes.
"Any Saint" by Francis Thompson
"My brain demands complexity."
The lisping cherub cried.
I looked at him, and only said,
"Go on. The world is wide."
"Envoy" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
"My brain demands complexity,"
The lisping cherub cried.
I looked at him, and only said,
"Go on. The world is wide."
"On the Disastrous Spread of Aestheticism in all Classes" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Now we may bow before his feet,
And venture near the Lord;
No fiery cherub guards his seat,
Nor double-flaming sword.
"Hymn 108" by Isaac Watts
Dark the sea was: but I saw him,
One great head with goggle eyes,
Like a diabolic cherub
Flying in those fallen skies.
"The Fish" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
I seem to see three cherub boys,
As hand in hand they go,
With golden curls and snowy wings,
Whose eyes with rapture glow.
"I'm Growing Old" by Anonymous Americas

In news:

Tradition holds that the 3-foot-tall cherub guards shoppers through the holidays.
From Lambchop to JEFF the Brotherhood, Diamond Rugs, Jessie Baylin and Cherub to Nashville, Nashville ruled in 2012.
(From left) Jason Huber and Jordan Kelley of Cherub, John McCauley, Jessie Baylin.
William-Adolphe Bouguereau's The Birth of Venus features three other nude women, a host of unclothed men, and enough cherubs to fill a large maternity ward.
We can all agree that Honey Boo makes Damien/The Omen look like a cherub right.
Cherub, Birdcloud, Derek Hoke, DeRobert and the Half-Truths.
When you see a picture of a harp, you see an angel with it, or you see a cherub with it.
Eight cherubic second-graders lifted spirits when they lifted their voices in song Tuesday afternoon at Hope Outreach Community Care and Homeless Ministry.
Moving Pictures Cherub Plays War Memorial Auditorium's Attic Sessions, Lightning 100's Hot Tub Session.
So I would like to offer a list of ways for their cherubs to expect to be treated at home: Caught doing cyber bullying.
The 26-year-old stunned at the perfume 's launch in New York, as she had an image of a cherub tattooed onto the back of her newly shaved head.
Nine years after leaving Conan O'Brien's side and disappearing into failed sitcom oblivion, the cherubic Andy Richter rides shotgun once again.
After a rapid 2-week renovation, the 22-year-old namesake restaurant of cherubic foodie favorite Chef Allen Susser is redesigned, more streamlined and ready to enter the new millennium.
Cherubic Folksinger Melanie Returns With a Show at Infinity Hall.
The outdoor stage abounded with goofballs: a cherubic angel.
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