Cerberus

[ sur-ber-uh s ]
/ ˈsɜr bər əs /

noun, plural Cer·ber·us·es, Cer·ber·i [sur-buh-rahy] /ˈsɜr bəˌraɪ/ for 2.

Also Kerberos. Classical Mythology. a dog, usually represented as having three heads, that guarded the entrance of the infernal regions.
a formidable and often surly keeper or guard.

OTHER WORDS FROM Cerberus

Cer·be·re·an [ser-beer-ee-uh n] /sərˈbɪər i ən/, Cer·ber·ic, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for cerberi

  • With the change of the abode of the dead from inferno to heaven the two Cerberi are eo ipso also evicted.

    Cerberus, The Dog of Hades|Maurice Bloomfield

British Dictionary definitions for cerberi

Cerberus
/ (ˈsɜːbərəs) /

noun

Greek myth a dog, usually represented as having three heads, that guarded the entrance to Hades
a sop to Cerberus a bribe or something given to propitiate a potential source of danger or problems

Derived forms of Cerberus

Cerberean (səˈbɪərɪən), adjective
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Cultural definitions for cerberi

Cerberus
[ (sur-buh-ruhs) ]

In classical mythology, the three-headed dog who guarded the entrance to Hades.

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