from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A celestial being having three pairs of wings.
- n. Christianity The first of the nine orders of angels in medieval angelology.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A six-winged angel; the highest choir or order of angels in Christian angelology, ranked above cherubim, and below God. A detailed description can be found at the beginning of Isaiah chapter 6
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One of an order of celestial beings, each having three pairs of wings. In ecclesiastical art and in poetry, a seraph is represented as one of a class of angels.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of the celestial beings described in Isaiah vi. 1–6 as surrounding the throne of Jehovah.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an angel of the first order; usually portrayed as the winged head of a child
Back-formation from pl. seraphim, from Middle English seraphin, from Old English, from Late Latin seraphīn, seraphīm, from Greek serapheim, from Hebrew śərāpîm, pl. of śārāp, fiery serpent, seraph, from śārap, to burn; see śrp1 in Semitic roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Singular form of seraphim, from Latin seraphim, from Hebrew שרפים (serafim), plural form of שרף (saraf, "seraph"). (Wiktionary)