Memidex: Free online dictionary/thesaurus and more....
| Free Tools | Preferences | About | Contact | Index

halcyon

noun

adjective

  1. (peaceful)  idyllically calm and peaceful; suggesting happy tranquility
    Similar to: peaceful
  2. (happy)  marked by peace and prosperity
    Synonyms: golden, prosperous. Similar to: happy

Halcyon

noun

  1. (Greek mythology)  a woman who was turned into a kingfisher
    Synonyms: Alcyone, Halcyone. Topic: Greek mythology. Type of: mythical being
  2. (bird genus)  a bird genus of large kingfishers widely distributed in warmer parts of the Old World
    Type of: bird genus. Member of: Alcedinidae

Etymology summary

Middle English alcioun, from Latin alcyōn, halcyōn, from Greek halkuōn, a...
(Source: American Heritage Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references

Wiktionary:

halcyon | halcyons [plural] | at peace [synonym, sense-specific] | blissful [synonym, sense-specific] | calm [synonym, sense-specific] | peaceful [synonym, sense-specific] | prelapsarian [synonym, sense-specific] | relaxed [synonym, sense-specific] | serene [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

In classical legends, a bird said to nest on the sea, thereby calming the waters; later usually identified with a type of kingfisher, hence (poetic) a kingfisher. | A tropical kingfisher of the genus Halcyon, such as the sacred kingfisher Halcyon... (40 of 131 words, 4 definitions, 8 usage examples, pronunciation, 1 image)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/halcyon

Halcyon

A taxonomic genus within the family Alcedinidae -- several tropical kingfishers. (10 of 12 words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/Halcyon

Collins Dictionary:

halcyon | halcyon days [sense-specific] | kingfisher [poetic, sense-specific]

peaceful, gentle, and calm | happy and carefree | [Greek mythology] a fabulous bird associated with the winter solstice | a poetic name for the ... (22 of 496 words, 5 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/halcyon

Merriam-Webster:

halcyon [entry 1, noun] | kingfisher [synonym, sense-specific]

a bird identified with the kingfisher and held in ancient legend to nest at ... | "kingfisher" (16 of 59 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/halcyon

halcyon [entry 2, adjective] | calm [synonym, sense-specific] | happy [synonym, sense-specific] | prosperous [synonym, sense-specific] | peaceful [synonym, sense-specific] | golden [synonym, sense-specific] | affluent [synonym, sense-specific] | hushed [synonym, sense-specific] | lown [dialect, synonym, sense-specific] | ...

of or relating to the halcyon or its nesting period | "calm", "peaceful" ; "happy", "golden" ; "prosperous", "affluent" (18 of 118 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/halcyon show=1

Oxford Dictionary:

halcyon

denoting a period of time in the past that was idyllically happy and peaceful | a mythical bird said by ancient writers to breed in a nest floating at ... (28 of 115 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/halcyon

Random House Dictionary:

halcyon | Also [comparative] | halcyonian [comparative] | halcyonic [superlative] | Halcyon [sense-specific]

calm; peaceful; tranquil. | rich; wealthy; prosperous. | happy; joyful; carefree. | of or pertaining to the halcyon or kingfisher. | a mythical bird, ... (20 of 96 words, 7 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/halcyon

American Heritage Dictionary:

halcyon

A kingfisher, especially one of the genus "Halcyon". | A fabled bird, identified with the kingfisher, that was supposed to have had the power to calm ... (25 of 78 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/halcyon

New World Dictionary:

halcyon | Halcyon [genus, sense-specific]

a legendary bird, identified with the kingfisher, which is supposed to have ... | [zoology] any of a genus of kingfishers of southern Asia and ... (24 of 78 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/halcyon

Macmillan British Dictionary:

halcyon [literary]

very happy and peaceful or successful (6 of 31 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/halcyon

Wikipedia:

Halcyon [disambiguation]

may refer to: Halcyon (genus), a type of bird | Tree kingfisher, a family of birds (Halcyonidae) containing the above genus | Halcyon Castle, a castle in Travancore, Kerala, India | Halcyon Gallery, a group of three art galleries in the United Kingdom... (40 of 407 words, 37 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Halcyon

Encarta Dictionary:

halcyon | halcyons [plural]

tranquil and free from disturbance or care (literary) | in Greek mythology, a bird resembling the kingfisher, believed to have had the power to calm ... (24 of 68 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861616186​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

American Heritage Dictionary:

halcyon

Origin: Middle English alcioun, from Latin alcyōn, halcyōn, from Greek halkuōn, a mythical bird, kingfisher, ... (14 of 25 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/halcyon

Oxford Dictionary:

halcyon

Origin: late Middle English (in the mythological sense): via Latin from Greek alkuōn "kingfisher" (also halkuōn, by association with hals ... (19 of 23 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/halcyon

New World Dictionary:

halcyon

Origin: Middle English alcioun from Latin alcyon from Greek alkyōn, kingfisher, altered by folk etymology after Greek hals, sea

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/halcyon

Collins Dictionary:

halcyon

First use: 14th century

Origin: from Latin alcyon, from Greek alkuōn kingfisher, of uncertain origin

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/halcyon

Wiktionary:

halcyon | halcyons [plural]

Origin: Latin halcyon ("kingfisher"), alcyon, from Ancient Greek ἀλκυών (alkuōn).

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/halcyon

Halcyon

Origin: Latin halcyon ("kingfisher")

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/Halcyon

Merriam-Webster:

halcyon [entry 1, noun]

First use: 14th century

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

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/halcyon

Encarta Dictionary:

halcyon | halcyons [plural]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Latin from Greek halkuōn, mythical bird

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861616186​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

halcyon | halcyons [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "halcyon"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/halcyon

Collins Dictionary:

halcyon

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "halcyon"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/halcyon

Macmillan British Dictionary:

halcyon [literary]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "halcyon"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/halcyon

Macmillan American Dictionary:

halcyon [literary]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "halcyon"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/halcyon

the Free Dictionary:

halcyon

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "halcyon"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "halcyon"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "halcyon" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/halcyon

Google Dictionary:

halcyon | halcyons [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "halcyon"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=halcyon

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

halcyon

Audio: North American pronunciation of "halcyon"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=halcyo​01 word=halcyon

YourDictionary Audio:

halcyon

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "halcyon" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/halcyon

freedictionary.org:

Halcyon

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "Halcyon" by speech synthesizer

freedictionary​.org​/ Query=halcyon

Page last updated: 2013-06-26

Copyright © 2008-2013 Memidex