Charon

noun
Char·​on | \ ˈker-ən How to pronounce Charon (audio) , -än\

Definition of Charon

: a son of Erebus who in Greek mythology ferries the souls of the dead over the Styx

First Known Use of Charon

circa 1522, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Charon

Latin, from Greek Charōn

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about Charon

Statistics for Charon

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for Charon

The first known use of Charon was circa 1522

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on Charon

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with Charon

Comments on Charon

What made you want to look up Charon? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a device or gadget

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words for Summer: A Quiz

  • a closeup of a sunflower
  • Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!