: characterized by happiness, great success, and prosperity : golden
—often used to describe an idyllic time in the past that is remembered as better than today
the halcyon days of youth
Classics Illustrated have become pricey nostalgia items for those who grew up in the supposedly halcyon years after World War II.—Donna Richardson In those halcyon days of the free trade, the fixed price for carrying a box of tea or bale of tobacco from the coast of Galloway to Edinburgh was fifteen shillings …—Sir Walter Scott
: of or relating to the halcyon (see halcyon entry 2) or its nesting period
: 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
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