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Cerberus

[sur-ber-uh s]
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noun, plural Cer·ber·us·es, Cer·ber·i [sur-buh-rahy] /ˈsɜr bəˌraɪ/ for 2.
  1. Also Kerberos. Classical Mythology. a dog, usually represented as having three heads, that guarded the entrance of the infernal regions.
  2. a formidable and often surly keeper or guard.
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Related formsCer·be·re·an [ser-beer-ee-uh n] /sərˈbɪər i ən/, Cer·ber·ic, adjective
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Related Words for cerberus

superintendent, curator, steward, warden, overseer, keeper, supervisor, protector, watchdog, cleaner, bodyguard, guardian, concierge, manager, escort, super, sitter, cerberus, angel, chaperon

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Contemporary Examples of cerberus

Historical Examples of cerberus

  • Cerberus opened it, and a cry of joy ran through the prison.

    Bunyan

    James Anthony Froude

  • Cerberus welcomed him with a 'St. Mary, I am glad to see thee.'

    Bunyan

    James Anthony Froude

  • Troop-ships arrived, but the most welcome was the Cerberus, with the three major-generals.

  • Rosina rang the gate-bell, and the old braided Cerberus admitted them grumblingly.

    Olive in Italy

    Moray Dalton

  • You are not like Cerberus, three gentlemen at once, are you?

    Familiar Quotations

    John Bartlett


British Dictionary definitions for cerberus

Cerberus

noun
  1. Greek myth a dog, usually represented as having three heads, that guarded the entrance to Hades
  2. a sop to Cerberus a bribe or something given to propitiate a potential source of danger or problems
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Derived FormsCerberean (səˈbɪərɪən), adjective
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Word Origin and History for cerberus

Cerberus

"watch-dog guardian of Hades," late 14c., Latinized form of Greek Kerberos, of unknown origin, according to Klein perhaps cognate with Sanskrit karbarah, sabalah "spotted, speckled;" Sabalah was the name of one of the two dogs of Yama.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

cerberus in Culture

Cerberus

[(sur-buh-ruhs)]

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

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