[ bee-kuhn ]
/ ˈbi kən /


verb (used with object)

to serve as a beacon to; warn or guide.
to furnish or mark with beacons: a ship assigned to beacon the shoals.

verb (used without object)

to serve or shine as a beacon: A steady light beaconed from the shore.

Origin of beacon

before 950; Middle English beken, Old English bēacen sign, signal; cognate with Old Frisian bāken, Old Saxon bōkan, Old High German bouhhan

Related forms

bea·con·less, adjectiveun·bea·coned, adjective

Definition for beacon (2 of 2)


[ bee-kuh n ]
/ ˈbi kən /


a city in SE New York. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for beacon


/ (ˈbiːkən) /



to guide or warn
(intr) to shine

Word Origin for beacon

Old English beacen sign; related to Old Frisian bāken, Old Saxon bōcan, Old High German bouhhan
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