Char·​on ˈker-ən How to pronounce Charon (audio)
: a son of Erebus who in Greek mythology ferries the souls of the dead over the Styx

Word History


Latin, from Greek Charōn

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Charon was in the 15th century

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“Charon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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