Cer·​ber·​us ˈsər-b(ə-)rəs How to pronounce Cerberus (audio)
: a 3-headed dog that in Greek mythology guards the entrance to Hades
Cerberean adjective

Examples of Cerberus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Despite the struggle of British pubs, Morgan Stanley and Cerberus may spy an opportunity to pick up a host of U.K. real estate premises on the cheap, perhaps converting them into residential spaces. Byryan Hogg, Fortune, 16 Oct. 2023 In the mid-two-thousands, Cerberus began buying up gun companies, consolidating production of what had been a fractured industry and bringing down costs through scale. Emily Witt, The New Yorker, 27 Sep. 2023 The private company, owned by alternative investment firm Cerberus Capital Management and its founders, closed its operations when its liquidity dried up following deteriorating performance and after online bank Ally Bank tightened the terms and conditions... Soma Biswas, WSJ, 8 Sep. 2023 The private equity firm Cerberus Capital soon began buying up makers of AR-15 semiautomatic rifles and aggressively marketing them as manhood-affirming accessories, part of a sweeping change in the way military-style weapons were pitched to the public. Mike McIntire, New York Times, 30 July 2023 Northern Spain reaches a regional high Catalonia, a region in northern Spain, hit a record high temperature as a heat wave known as Cerberus grips southern Europe. Carlyn Kranking, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 July 2023 The culprit was a high-pressure anticyclone dubbed Cerberus, the multi-headed dog that guards gates to the underworld in Greek mythology. Chicago Tribune, 17 July 2023 In cities, those venturing out at all drenched themselves in fountains while others sought out pools, the sea or shade in hopes of relief from the heat wave caused by Cerberus. NBC News, 15 July 2023 What extreme heat does to the human body The heat wave over many parts of southern Europe has been caused by a high-pressure system that has been nicknamed Cerberus after the multi-headed dog said to guard the underworld in ancient Greek mythology. Victoria Bisset, Washington Post, 15 July 2023 See More

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Word History


Latin, from Greek Kerberos

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Cerberus was in the 14th century

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“Cerberus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Cerberus. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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