Halcyon meaning

hălsē-ən
A fabled bird, identified with the kingfisher, that was supposed to have had the power to calm the wind and the waves while it nested on the sea during the winter solstice.
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Calm and peaceful; tranquil.
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Calm and peaceful; tranquil.
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Prosperous; golden.

Halcyon years.

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Prosperous; golden.

Halcyon years.

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A kingfisher, especially one of the genus Halcyon.
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Tranquil, happy, idyllic, etc.
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Of the halcyon.
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Pertaining to the halcyon or kingfisher.
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In classical legends, a bird said to nest on the sea, thereby calming the waters; later usually identified with a type of kingfisher, hence (poetic) a kingfisher.
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The definition of a halcyon is a bird, which legends say, has the power to calm the winter sea.

A halcyon is a kingfisher from Southern Asia and Australia.

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A fabled bird, identified with the kingfisher, that was supposed to have had the power to calm the wind and the waves while it nested on the sea during the winter solstice.
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A kingfisher, especially one of the genus Halcyon.
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A legendary bird, identified with the kingfisher, which is supposed to have a peaceful, calming influence on the sea at the time of the winter solstice.
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(zool.) Any of a genus (Halcyon) of kingfishers of S Asia and Australia.
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A tropical kingfisher of the genus Halcyon, such as the sacred kingfisher Halcyon sancta of Australia.
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A taxonomic genus within the family Alcedinidae — several tropical kingfishers.
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Halcyon describes an idealized, idyllic or peaceful time.

An example of something you would describe as halcyon is the long, lazy and peaceful days of summer vacation.

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Origin of halcyon

  • Middle English alcioun mythical halcyon bird from Latin alcyōn, halcyōn from Greek halkuōn alteration (influenced by hals salt, sea) (and kuōn conceiving) of alkuōn probably from a pre-Greek Mediterranean language

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English alcioun mythical halcyon bird from Latin alcyōn, halcyōn from Greek halkuōn alteration (influenced by hals salt, sea) (and kuōn conceiving) of alkuōn probably from a pre-Greek Mediterranean language

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin halcyon (“kingfisher”), alcyon, from Ancient Greek ἀλκυών (alkuōn).

    From Wiktionary

  • Latin halcyon (“kingfisher”)

    From Wiktionary