Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary
1

halcyon

play
noun hal·cy·on \ˈhal-sē-ən\

Definition of halcyon

  1. 1 :  a bird identified with the kingfisher and held in ancient legend to nest at sea about the time of the winter solstice and to calm the waves during incubation

  2. 2 :  kingfisher



Origin of halcyon

Middle English alceon, from Latin halcyon, from Greek alkyōn, halkyōn


First Known Use: 14th century

Other Mythology and Folklore Terms


2

halcyon

adjective hal·cy·on

Simple Definition of halcyon

  • : very happy and successful

Full Definition of halcyon

  1. 1 :  of or relating to the halcyon or its nesting period

  2. 2 a :  calm, peaceful b :  happy, golden c :  prosperous, affluent

Examples of halcyon

  1. <a halcyon era following the American Civil War>

  2. <during those early halcyon years the company's potential for growth seemed unlimited>



1601

First Known Use of halcyon

1601

Other Mythology and Folklore Terms


Learn More about halcyon


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up halcyon? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 14, 2016

to hug and kiss another person

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image33683556

How much does a batman (the Turkish unit of measurement) weigh?

16.96 pounds 196.5 pounds 2.2 pounds 100 pounds
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ