Charon

[ kair-uhn, kar- ]

noun
  1. Classical Mythology. the ferryman who conveyed the souls of the dead across the Styx.

  2. (usually used ironically) any ferryman.

  1. Astronomy. the natural satellite of Pluto, discovered in 1978.

Other words from Charon

  • Cha·ro·ni·an [kuh-roh-nee-uhn], /kəˈroʊ ni ən/, Cha·ron·ic [kuh-ron-ik], /kəˈrɒn ɪk/, adjective

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How to use Charon in a sentence

  • Instead of at once proceeding on her voyage across the Atlantic, the old Charon was, we found, ordered to put into Cork harbour.

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  • In preparing a body for burial, the Greeks took a piece of money and put it into the mouth, to give to the ferryman Charon.

  • No spirit is allowed to enter the leaky craft until he has first paid Charon the fee of a small coin called the obolus.

  • At the end of this time Charon grudgingly ferries them over the river free of charge.

British Dictionary definitions for Charon (1 of 2)

Charon1

/ (ˈkɛərən) /


noun
  1. Greek myth the ferryman who brought the dead across the rivers Styx or Acheron to Hades

British Dictionary definitions for Charon (2 of 2)

Charon2

/ (ˈkɛərən) /


noun
  1. the only known satellite of Pluto, discovered in 1978

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Scientific definitions for Charon

Charon

[ kârən ]


  1. The largest of Pluto's three moons. Charon is just over half Pluto's size and orbits it so closely that it was not discovered as a distinct body until 1978. Although Pluto is covered with methane ice, Charon appears to be covered with water ice.

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Cultural definitions for Charon

Charon

[ (kair-uhn) ]


In classical mythology, the boatman who carried the souls of the dead across the river Styx and into Hades, the underworld.

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