AskDefine | Define halcyon

Dictionary Definition

halcyon adj
1 idyllically calm and peaceful; suggesting happy tranquillity; "a halcyon atmosphere"
2 marked by peace and prosperity; "a golden era"; "the halcyon days of the clipper trade" [syn: golden, prosperous]

Noun

1 (Greek mythology) a woman who was turned into a kingfisher [syn: Alcyone]
2 a large kingfisher widely distributed in warmer parts of the Old World [syn: genus Halcyon]
3 a mythical bird said to breed at the time of the winter solstice in a nest floating on the sea and to have the power of calming the winds and waves

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see Halcyon

English

Etymology

From halcyon, alcyon < (alkuōn)

Pronunciation

  • /'hælsɪən/

Noun

  1. in classical legends, a bird said to nest on the sea and to calm the waters to make this possible.
    • undated — John Dryden, (source?)
      Amidst our arms as quiet you shall be As halcyons brooding on a winter sea.
  2. a kingfisher
    • c.1880 — Ambrose Bierce, On a Mountain
      And, by the way, during those halcyon days (the halcyon was there, too, chattering above every creek, as he is all over the world) we fought another battle.
  3. A tropical kingfisher of the genus Halcyon, such as the sacred kingfisher Halcyon sancta of Australia.

Translations

Kingfisher
Bird of genus Halcyon

Adjective

  1. Pertaining to the halcyon or kingfisher
  2. Calm, undisturbed, peaceful, serene.

Quotations

Synonyms

Translations

Pertaining to the kingfisher
Calm
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Latin

Alternative spellings

Etymology

From (alkuōn)

Pronunciation

  • /haːlˈkʏ.ɔn/

Noun

halcyon (genitive halcyinis); , third declension

Related terms

Extensive Definition

Halcyon (), a term that originates from the Greek myth of Alcyone, is used most often to mean golden or marked by peace and prosperity.
Halcyon may refer to:
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See also

halcyon in Slovenian: Halcyon

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