Er·​e·​bus ˈer-ə-bəs How to pronounce Erebus (audio)
: a personification of darkness in Greek mythology
: a place of darkness in the underworld on the way to Hades

Examples of Erebus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But Franklin’s two ships, Erebus and Terror, and his crew of 128 men had disappeared. Seyward Darby, Longreads, 29 Aug. 2023 The film is produced by Loran Dunn (Delaval Film), Helen Simmons (Erebus Pictures) and Andrew Starke (Anti-Worlds) and executive producers are Eva Yates (BBC Film), Kristin Irving, Mia Bays (BFI) and Stephanie Aspin (Erebus Pictures). Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 22 Aug. 2023 Nyx, the night, couples with Erebus, the dark, to birth Hemera, the day, and Aether, the bright sky. Suzannah Showler, Harper's Magazine, 14 Apr. 2022

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Word History


Latin, from Greek Erebos

First Known Use

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Erebus was in 1578

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“Erebus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2024.

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