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halcyon

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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


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halcyon

adjective hal·cy·on

Simple Definition of halcyon

  • : very happy and successful

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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 in a sentence

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

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



Did You Know?

According to Greek mythology, Alkyone, the daughter of the god of the winds, became so distraught when she learned that her husband had been killed in a shipwreck that she threw herself into the sea and was changed into a kingfisher. As a result, ancient Greeks called such birds alkyon or halkyon. The legend also says that such birds built floating nests on the sea, where they so charmed the wind god that he created a period of unusual calm that lasted until the birds' eggs hatched. This legend prompted people to use halcyon both as a noun naming a genus of kingfisher and as an adjective meaning either "of or relating to the kingfisher or its nesting period" or calm.

1601

First Known Use of halcyon

1601

Other Mythology and Folklore Terms


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