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ˈsɜr bər əsCer·berus

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Cerberus, hellhoundnoun

    (Greek mythology) the three-headed dog guarding the entrance to Hades; son of Typhon


  1. Cerberusnoun

    The three-headed dog who guards the entrance to Hades; and one of the many offspring of Echidna and Typhon.

    Etymology: From (Kerberos)

  2. Cerberusnoun

    A former constellation of the northern sky, near Hercules.

    Etymology: From (Kerberos)

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cerberusnoun

    a monster, in the shape of a three-headed dog, guarding the entrance into the infernal regions, Hence: Any vigilant custodian or guardian, esp. if surly

    Etymology: [L. Cerberus (in sense 1), gr. .]

  2. Cerberusnoun

    a genus of East Indian serpents, allied to the pythons; the bokadam

    Etymology: [L. Cerberus (in sense 1), gr. .]


  1. Cerberus

    Cerberus, or Kerberos, in Greek and Roman mythology, is a multi-headed dog, or "hellhound" which guards the gates of the Underworld, to prevent those who have crossed the river Styx from ever escaping. Cerberus featured in many works of ancient Greek and Roman literature and in works of both ancient and modern art and architecture, although the depiction and background surrounding Cerberus often differed across various works by different authors of the era. The most notable difference is the number of its heads: Most sources describe or depict three heads; others show it with two or even just one; a smaller number of sources show a variable number, sometimes as many as 50 or even 100.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cerberus

    ser′bėr-us, n. (myth.) the monster that guarded the entrance to Hades, a dog with three, according to some a hundred, heads.—adj. Cerbē′rian. [L.—Gr. Kerberos.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Cerberus

    the three-headed or three-throated monster that guarded the entrance to the nether world of Pluto, could be soothed by music, and tempted by honey, only Hercules overcame him by sheer strength, dragging him by neck and crop to the upper world.


  1. Cerberus

    (Cer′berus). Pluto’s famous three-headed dog, which guarded the gate of the infernal regions, preventing the living from entering, and the inhabitants from going out.

    “Three-headed Cerberus, by fate Posted at Pluto’s iron gate; Low crouching rolls his haggard eyes, Ecstatic, and foregoes his prize.”

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Cerberus in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Cerberus in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of Cerberus in a Sentence

  1. Norihiro Fujito:

    It makes sense that Cerberus wants to pick the fruit when it's ripe. To Cerberus, it was a successful deal, these private equity funds' moves are coming at the right time - when the market is surging.

  2. David Horvath:

    The young age of this deposit absolutely raises the possibility that there could still be volcanic activity on Mars, and it is intriguing that recent Marsquakes detected by the InSight mission are sourced from Cerberus Fossae.

  3. Stefan Wittmann:

    Cerberus' approach is rude and inappropriate.

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