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beacon

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noun bea·con \ˈbē-kən\

Definition of beacon

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

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

  3. 3 :  a source of light or inspiration < … the beacon to the oppressed of all countries … — Adrienne Koch>

Examples of beacon in a sentence

  1. These countries are beacons of democracy.

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

Origin and Etymology of beacon

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


First Known Use: 14th century


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beacon

verb bea·con

Definition of beacon

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to shine as a beacon < … Adventure beaconed from far off, and his heart leapt to greet the light. — Maurice Hewlett>

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to furnish with a signal or a source of light or inspiration :  to furnish with a beacon

Examples of beacon in a sentence

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

Origin and Etymology of beacon

verbal derivative of 1beacon


First Known Use: 1650



BEACON Defined for English Language Learners

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beacon

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noun bea·con \ˈbē-kən\

Definition of beacon for English Language Learners

  • : 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


BEACON Defined for Kids

beacon

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noun bea·con \ˈbē-kən\

Definition of beacon for Students

  1. 1 :  a guiding or warning light or fire on a high place

  2. 2 :  a radio station that sends out signals to guide aircraft

  3. 3 :  someone or something that guides or gives hope to others <These countries are beacons of democracy.>



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