Pha·​ë·​thon ˈfā-ə-tən How to pronounce Phaëthon (audio)
: a son of Helios who drives his father's sun-chariot through the sky but loses control and is struck down by a thunderbolt of Zeus

Word History


Latin, from Greek Phaethōn

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Phaëthon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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