follow Dictionary.com

11 Trending Words of 2014

Cerberus

[sur-ber-uh s] /ˈsɜr bər əs/
noun, plural Cerberuses, Cerberi
[sur-buh-rahy] /ˈsɜr bəˌraɪ/ (Show IPA),
for 2.
1.
Also, Kerberos. Classical Mythology. a dog, usually represented as having three heads, that guarded the entrance of the infernal regions.
2.
a formidable and often surly keeper or guard.
Related forms
Cerberean
[ser-beer-ee-uh n] /sərˈbɪər i ən/ (Show IPA),
Cerberic, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for cerberean

Cerberus

/ˈsɜːbərəs/
noun
1.
(Greek myth) a dog, usually represented as having three heads, that guarded the entrance to Hades
2.
a sop to Cerberus, a bribe or something given to propitiate a potential source of danger or problems
Derived Forms
Cerberean (səˈbɪərɪən) adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for cerberean

Cerberus

"watch-dog guardian of Hades," late 14c., Latinized form of Greek Kerberos, of unknown origin, according to Klein perhaps cognate with Sanskrit karbarah, sabalah "spotted, speckled;" Sabalah was the name of one of the two dogs of Yama.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
cerberean in Culture
Cerberus [(sur-buh-ruhs)]

In classical mythology, the three-headed dog who guarded the entrance to Hades.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for Cerberus

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for cerberean

0
0
Scrabble Words With Friends