adjective Also hal·cy·o·ni·an [hal-see-oh-nee-uhn] /ˌhæl siˈoʊ ni ən/, hal·cy·on·ic [hal-see-on-ik] /ˌhæl siˈɒn ɪk/.
Origin of halcyon
Examples from the Web for halcyon
In retrospect, 2009 and 2010 were halcyon days in the Middle East, now that we seem just one horseman short of an apocalypse.
The halcyon days of Wolf, the third-wave feminist revolutionary and author of The Beauty Myth (1990), seem far, far away.From ISIS to Ebola, What Has Made Naomi Wolf So Paranoid?|Michael Moynihan|October 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Without a bribed official, a halcyon, or eagle, will watch the entry point with binoculars for patterns and opportunities.The Devil’s Drug: The True Story of Meth in New Mexico|Nick Romeo|August 24, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The mixed-media collection evokes nostalgia for halcyon days through fragmented images of the past.Karen Kilimnik’s Magical Fantasyland, From Ballet to Baroque|Claire Stern|March 10, 2013|DAILY BEAST
On the Impossible Past will transport you back to your halcyon, angsty teenage years.Best Music Albums of 2012: Frank Ocean, Taylor Swift, and More|Marlow Stern|December 26, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Enemy aliens could be interned without trial, but that meant a halcyon existence for Nicky and every comfort except liberty.The Cup of Fury|Rupert Hughes
There is a very old fable about the kingfisher, who was called the halcyon.The Children's Book of Birds|Olive Thorne Miller
“Halcyon days”—how often is the expression made use of, how seldom do its users realise from whence they have borrowed it.A Book of Myths|Jean Lang
Early and late the air struck cold, but each midday was a halcyon time.Lewis Rand|Mary Johnston
Relatively, it touches those old times when religious houses, with their quaintly-trimmed orders, were in their halcyon days.Our Churches and Chapels|Atticus
British Dictionary definitions for halcyon
adjective also: halcyonian (ˌhælsɪˈəʊnɪən), halcyonic (ˌhælsɪˈɒnɪk)
- a fortnight of calm weather during the winter solstice
- a period of peace and happiness
Word Origin for halcyon
Word Origin and History for halcyon
1540s, in halcyon dayes (Latin alcyonei dies, Greek alkyonides hemerai), 14 days of calm weather at the winter solstice, when a mythical bird (identified with the kingfisher) was said to breed in a nest floating on calm seas. From halcyon (n.), late 14c., from Latin halcyon, from Greek halkyon, variant (perhaps a misspelling) of alkyon "kingfisher," from hals "sea, salt" (see halo-) + kyon "conceiving," present participle of kyein "to conceive," literally "to swell," from PIE root *keue- "to swell." Identified in mythology with Halcyone, daughter of Aeolus, who when widowed threw herself into the sea and became a kingfisher.