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seraph Syllabification: ser·aph
Pronunciation: /ˈserəf/

Definition of seraph in English:

noun (plural seraphimˈserəˌfim or seraphs)

An angelic being, regarded in traditional Christian angelology as belonging to the highest order of the ninefold celestial hierarchy, associated with light, ardor, and purity.
Example sentences
  • From top to bottom, the celestial hierarchy includes seraphim, cherubim, thrones; dominions, virtues, powers; principalities, archangels, and angels.
  • The God who gallops through divine places with the cherubim and seraphim is the same God who changed the world order by simply standing up and walking out of the tomb.
  • From the highest to the lowest in rank, the orders are seraphim, cherubim, thrones, dominions, virtues, powers, principalities, archangels, and angels.


Old English, back-formation from seraphim (plural), via late Latin and Greek from Hebrew śĕrāp̱īm. Compare with cherub.

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