[ fey-uh-thuhn, -thon ]
/ ˈfeɪ ə θən, -ˌθɒn /
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noun Classical Mythology.
a son of Helios who borrowed the chariot of the sun and drove it so close to earth that Zeus struck him down to save the world.
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Origin of Phaëthon
<Greek Phaéthōn, special use of present participle of phaéthein to shine
Words nearby Phaëthon
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How to use Phaëthon in a sentence
Sol had promised Phaethon, his son, to fulfil all his wishes.
Phaethon is by some represented as the first king, who reigned in Chaonia, and Epirus.
Helios had another son named Phaethon, whose mother was Clymene, one of the Oceanides.Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome|E.M. Berens
Phaethon wished to get on the chariot of his father; he got his wish, but at the same instant he was struck with lightning.
But Phaethon never rose from the cold waters of the river into which he had fallen.Brooks's Readers, Third Year|Stratton D. Brooks
British Dictionary definitions for Phaëthon (1 of 2)
/ (ˈfeɪəθən) /
an asteroid (6.9 km in diameter) that has an orbit approaching close to the sun and releases fragments of dust that enter the earth's atmosphere as meteors
British Dictionary definitions for Phaëthon (2 of 2)
/ (ˈfeɪəθən) /
Greek myth the son of Helios (the sun god) who borrowed his father's chariot and nearly set the earth on fire by approaching too close to it. Zeus averted the catastrophe by striking him down with a thunderbolt
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