halcyon

[hal-see-uhn]

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/.

calm; peaceful; tranquil: halcyon weather.
rich; wealthy; prosperous: halcyon times of peace.
happy; joyful; carefree: halcyon days of youth.
of or relating to the halcyon or kingfisher.

noun


Nearby words

  1. halberstadt,
  2. halberstam,
  3. halbert,
  4. halcinonide,
  5. halcion,
  6. halcyone,
  7. halcyonic,
  8. haldane,
  9. haldane effect,
  10. haldane, john burdon sanderson

Origin of halcyon

1350–1400; < Latin < Greek halkyṓn, pseudo-etymological variant of alkyṓn kingfisher; replacing Middle English alceon, alicion < Latin alcyōn < Greek

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British Dictionary definitions for halcyon

halcyon

adjective also: halcyonian (ˌhælsɪˈəʊnɪən), halcyonic (ˌhælsɪˈɒnɪk)

peaceful, gentle, and calm
happy and carefree

noun

Greek myth a fabulous bird associated with the winter solstice
a poetic name for the kingfisher
halcyon days
  1. a fortnight of calm weather during the winter solstice
  2. a period of peace and happiness

Word Origin for halcyon

C14: from Latin alcyon, from Greek alkuōn kingfisher, of uncertain origin

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Word Origin and History for halcyon

halcyon

adj.

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.

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