- Classical Mythology. the ferryman who conveyed the souls of the dead across the Styx.
- (usually used ironically) any ferryman.
- Astronomy. the natural satellite of Pluto, discovered in 1978.
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Contemporary Examples of charon
In particular, Pluto could be ringed: we know it has at least five moons, which, other than Charon, are tiny.Chariklo, a Minor Planet Nicknamed a “Centaur,” Discovered to Have Rings
Matthew R. Francis
April 6, 2014
Historical Examples of charon
Nothing was said, but they got silently into the boat, which might have been Charon's craft for all he could see of it.In the Midst of Alarms
He would have followed, but Charon, now on guard, drove him back.Old Greek Folk Stories Told Anew
Josephine Preston Peabody
This time the ill-looking Charon made no venture for my purse.Sir Ludar
Talbot Baines Reed
I was upon the Styx, and in my rower I recognised the redoubtable Charon.The Quadroon
Charon has paddled him off; he has mingled with the crowded republic of the dead.Roundabout Papers
William Makepeace Thackeray
- Greek myth the ferryman who brought the dead across the rivers Styx or Acheron to Hades
- the only known satellite of Pluto, discovered in 1978
Word Origin and History for charon
ferryman of the dead over the river Styx, from Greek Kharon, of unknown origin.
- 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.