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Meaning of CHERUB

Pronunciation:  'cherub

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an angel of the second order whose gift is knowledge; usually portrayed as a winged child
  2. [n]  a sweet innocent baby

CHERUB is a 6 letter word that starts with C.


 See Also: angel, babe, baby, infant



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Cher"ub\, n.; pl. {Cherubs}; but the Hebrew plural
{Cherubim}is also used. [Heb. ker[=u]b.]
1. 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.   --Ezek. x. 20.

         He rode upon a cherub and did fly.    --Ps. xviii.

2. A symbolical winged figure of unknown form used in
   connection with the mercy seat of the Jewish Ark and
   Temple. --Ez. xxv. 18.

3. 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.

4. A beautiful child; -- so called because artists have
   represented cherubs as beautiful children.

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing a cherub in your dream, represents child-like innocence, frailty and mischievousness. You need to take life a little less seriously. Alternatively, you may have been dishonest or manipulative.
Easton Bible Dictionary

plural cherubim, the name of certain symbolical figures frequently mentioned in Scripture. They are first mentioned in connection with the expulsion of our first parents from Eden (Gen. 3:24). There is no intimation given of their shape or form. They are next mentioned when Moses was commanded to provide furniture for the tabernacle (Ex. 25:17-20; 26:1, 31). God promised to commune with Moses "from between the cherubim" (25:22). This expression was afterwards used to denote the Divine abode and presence (Num. 7:89; 1 Sam. 4:4; Isa. 37:16; Ps. 80:1; 99:1). In Ezekiel's vision (10:1-20) they appear as living creatures supporting the throne of God. From Ezekiel's description of them (1;10; 41:18, 19), they appear to have been compound figures, unlike any real object in nature; artificial images possessing the features and properties of several animals. Two cherubim were placed on the mercy-seat of the ark; two of colossal size overshadowed it in Solomon's temple. Ezekiel (1:4-14) speaks of four; and this number of "living creatures" is mentioned in Rev. 4:6. Those on the ark are called the "cherubim of glory" (Heb. 9:5), i.e., of the Shechinah, or cloud of glory, for on them the visible glory of God rested. They were placed one at each end of the mercy-seat, with wings stretched upward, and their faces "toward each other and toward the mercy-seat." They were anointed with holy oil, like the ark itself and the other sacred furniture.

The cherubim were symbolical. They were intended to represent spiritual existences in immediate contact with Jehovah. Some have regarded them as symbolical of the chief ruling power by which God carries on his operations in providence (Ps. 18:10). Others interpret them as having reference to the redemption of men, and as symbolizing the great rulers or ministers of the church. Many other opinions have been held regarding them which need not be referred to here. On the whole, it seems to be most satisfactory to regard the interpretation of the symbol to be variable, as is the symbol itself.

Their office was, (1) on the expulsion of our first parents from Eden, to prevent all access to the tree of life; and (2) to form the throne and chariot of Jehovah in his manifestation of himself on earth. He dwelleth between and sitteth on the cherubim (1 Sam. 4:4; Ps. 80:1; Ezek. 1:26, 28).

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