Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Greek Mythology The ferryman who conveyed the dead to Hades over the river Styx.
  • n. Greek Mythology The largest satellite of Pluto.

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  • proper n. The ferryman of Hades. (Read more at Wikipedia)
  • proper n. The largest of three moons of Pluto. (Read more at Wikipedia)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The son of Erebus and Nox, whose office it was to ferry the souls of the dead over the Styx, a river of the infernal regions.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (Greek mythology) the ferryman who brought the souls of the dead across the river Styx or the river Acheron to Hades

Etymologies

From Ancient Greek Χάρων (Kharōn). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Dyal's illness produces spiritual visions, including contact with a force/entity he calls Charon, who he views as his spiritual father, mother guide and friend, a being/energy which helps heal him and restrain the dark forces, allowing the artist to heal and create.

    Lisa Derrick: Charon's Pantheon: Controversial, Uplifting, Disturbing

  • He paid his last money as a bribe to the ferry captain Charon, and settled into the back with Eurydice as the ferry pulled away from Abyssa and into the open spaces of the wastelands between stations.

    Eurydice Redux | Heretical Ideas Magazine

  • The investigation had been given the code name Charon, after the ferryman in Greek mythology who carried lost souls to Hades, and all references to the Traveling Man carried that name.

    The Killing Kind

  • As will be remembered, the obstructionist nature of the Irish soil prevented the _City of Chicago_ from proceeding farther inland than was necessary to keep her well balanced amidships upon a convenient and not too stony bed; and that after a brief sojourn on the rocks she was finally disposed of to the Styx Navigation Company, under which title Charon had had himself incorporated, is a matter of nautical history.

    The Pursuit of the House-Boat Being Some Further Account of the Divers Doings of the Associated Shades, under the Leadership of Sherlock Holmes, Esq.

  • Comneni, and their ancient nobility was illustrated by the marriage of the two brothers, with a captive princess of Bulgaria, and the daughter of a patrician, who had obtained the name of Charon from the number of enemies whom he had sent to the infernal shades.

    The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

  • And a multinational corporation in biopharmaceutics called the Charon Group is also active in the area.

    Hunter

  • The poem goes on in the same vein, with the vendor in the ticket booth being Charon, which is obvious without the poet mentioning it.

    This Is Not a Spade: The Poetry of Seamus Heaney

  • Pluto, another object discovered orbiting it in 1978 called Charon, and a body discovered in 2003 that is slightly farther from the sun — temporarily named UB313– would be plutons.

    We’re Suddently Three Planets Bigger

  • Anon #5, I've considered the name Sharon a play on Charon, which is why I'm sure you suggested it.

    HH Com 227 (223)

  • The man called Charon motioned with the big automatic he held in his hand.

    BOUNDARY WATERS

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