[ hal-see-uhn ]
/ ˈhæl si ən /
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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.
a mythical bird, usually identified with the kingfisher, said to breed about the time of the winter solstice in a nest floating on the sea, and to have the power of charming winds and waves into calmness.
any of various kingfishers, especially of the genus Halcyon.
(initial capital letter)Classical Mythology. Alcyone (def. 2).
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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
/ (ˈhælsɪən) /
adjective also: halcyonian (ˌhælsɪˈəʊnɪən), halcyonic (ˌhælsɪˈɒnɪk)
peaceful, gentle, and calm
happy and carefree
Greek myth a fabulous bird associated with the winter solstice
a poetic name for the kingfisher
- a fortnight of calm weather during the winter solstice
- 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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