- 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.
Examples from the Web for cerberus
The Financial Times reported that CALSTRS had expressed concern with Cerberus about the investment.
Cerberus claims that “as a firm, we are investors, not statesmen or policy makers.”
In recent years, Cerberus has purposely become involved with companies that benefit from, and rely on, public policy.
Cerberus is now going to have to dump Freedom Group at a fire-sale price.
And this higher level of public debate is making Cerberus uncomfortable.
Cerberus opened it, and a cry of joy ran through the prison.
Cerberus welcomed him with a 'St. Mary, I am glad to see thee.'
Troop-ships arrived, but the most welcome was the Cerberus, with the three major-generals.The Siege of Boston
Rosina rang the gate-bell, and the old braided Cerberus admitted them grumblingly.Olive in Italy
You are not like Cerberus, three gentlemen at once, are you?Familiar Quotations
- 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
Word Origin and History for 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.