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beacon

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noun bea·con \ˈbē-kən\

Simple Definition of beacon

  • : a strong light that can be seen from far away and that is used to help guide ships, airplanes, etc.

  • : a radio signal that is broadcast to help guide ships, airplanes, etc.

  • : someone or something (such as a country) that guides or gives hope to others

Full Definition of beacon

  1. 1 :  a signal fire commonly on a hill, tower, or pole

  2. 2 a :  a lighthouse or other signal for guidance b :  a radio transmitter emitting signals to guide aircraft

  3. 3 :  a source of light or inspiration

Examples of beacon

  1. These countries are beacons of democracy.

  2. Our nation should be a beacon of peace to people around the world.



Origin of beacon

Middle English beken, from Old English bēacen sign; akin to Old High German bouhhan sign


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with beacon


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beacon

verb bea·con

Definition of beacon

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to shine as a beacon

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to furnish with a beacon



Examples of beacon

  1. <a lone lighthouse beacons the entrance to the island's only harbor>



1650

First Known Use of beacon

1650




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