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n. Greek Mythology
1. (kâr′ən) The ferryman who conveyed the dead to Hades over the river Styx.
2. (kâr′ən, shâr′-) Astronomy The largest of Pluto's satellites.

[Latin Charōn, from Greek Kharōn, Kharōn-, possibly an ironic or apotropaic use (with reference to Charon's gloomy task) of the Greek male personal name Kharōn (from khairein, khar-, to rejoice, delight in, be glad to; see gher- in Indo-European roots) or a hypocorism from kharopos, having flashing or bright eyes, fierce, grim (probably khairein + -op-; akin to Greek ōps, ōp-, eye, and op-s-, suppletive future stem of horān, to see; see Pelops). Sense 2, originally coined (without knowledge of the name of the mythological figure) by James W. Christy (born 1938), American astronomer who discovered Charon in 1978 : Char, nickname of Charlene Christy, his wife + -on, noun suffix common in scientific vocabulary; see -on1, (although Christy soon discovered that by fortunate coincidence his coinage corresponded exactly to the name of a figure associated with the god Pluto).]


(Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth the ferryman who brought the dead across the rivers Styx or Acheron to Hades


(Celestial Objects) the only known satellite of Pluto, discovered in 1978


(ˈkɛər ən, ˈkær-)

a ferryman of Greek myth who conveyed the souls of the dead across the Styx.
Cha•ron•ic (kəˈrɒn ɪk) adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Charon - (Greek mythology) the ferryman who brought the souls of the dead across the river Styx or the river Acheron to HadesCharon - (Greek mythology) the ferryman who brought the souls of the dead across the river Styx or the river Acheron to Hades
Greek mythology - the mythology of the ancient Greeks
ferryman - a man who operates a ferry


[ˈkɛərən] nCaronte m
References in classic literature ?
The foreigners were deported to Nizhni by boat, and Rostopchin had said to them in French: "Rentrez en vousmemes; entrez dans la barque, et n'en faites pas une barque de Charon.
Think it over; get into the barque, and take care not to make it a barque of Charon.
For all that any man may gainsay, the ketch Arangi, trader and blackbirder in the Solomon Islands, may have signified in Jerry's mind as much the mysterious boat that traffics between the two worlds, as, at one time, the boat that Charon sculled across the Styx signified to the human mind.
Quand un bon vin meuble mon estomac, Je suis plus savant que Balzac - Plus sage que Pibrac ; Mon brass seul faisant l'attaque De la nation Coseaque, La mettroit au sac ; De Charon je passerois le lac, En dormant dans son bac ; J'irois au fier Eac, Sans que mon cœur fit tic ni tac, Présenter du tabac.
I heard him a little while afterwards, through the floor here, humming like the wind, the only song he knows-- about Bibo, and old Charon, and Bibo being drunk when he died, or something or other.
Rita Charon, the founder of the movement in the United States, promotes a vision of narrative medicine as "medicine practiced with these narrative skills of recognizing, absorbing, interpreting, and being moved by the stories of illness" (Charon 4).
The purchase consideration, payable to Charon LLP and the management of H Peel, will be a maximum of approximately GBP 2.
July 6 Director Department of Animal Husbandry and Breeding of Ministry of Agriculture of Russia Charon Amerhanov held a meeting on the implementation of the Roadmap for the development of livestock breeding in the years 2017-2018.
Nelson, an Air Force mechanic in Clark Airbase,' a six-year-old Charon used to ask any Caucasians dropping by Mabalacat, Pampanga.
The ruddy north pole of Charon, the largest moon of Pluto, is probably a stain from Pluto itself, researchers report online September 14 in Nature.
Images from NASA's New Horizons mission suggest that Pluto's moon Charon once had a subsurface ocean that has long since frozen and expanded, pushing outward and causing the moon's surface to stretch and fracture on a massive scale.