What does halcyon mean?

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ˈhæl si ənhal·cy·on

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Alcyone, Halcyonnoun

    (Greek mythology) a woman who was turned into a kingfisher

  2. Halcyon, genus Halcyonnoun

    a large kingfisher widely distributed in warmer parts of the Old World

  3. halcyonadjective

    a mythical bird said to breed at the time of the winter solstice in a nest floating on the sea and to have the power of calming the winds and waves

  4. halcyonadjective

    idyllically calm and peaceful; suggesting happy tranquillity

    "a halcyon atmosphere"

  5. golden, halcyon, prosperousadjective

    marked by peace and prosperity

    "a golden era"; "the halcyon days of the clipper trade"


  1. halcyonnoun

    In classical legends, a bird said to nest on the sea, thereby calming the waters; later usually identified with a type of kingfisher, hence a kingfisher.

    Etymology: From halcyon, alcyon, from ἀλκυών.

  2. halcyonnoun

    A tropical kingfisher of the genus Halcyon, such as the sacred kingfisher Halcyon sancta of Australia.

    Etymology: From halcyon, alcyon, from ἀλκυών.

  3. halcyonadjective

    Pertaining to the halcyon or kingfisher

    Etymology: From halcyon, alcyon, from ἀλκυών.

  4. halcyonadjective

    Calm, undisturbed, peaceful, serene.

    Etymology: From halcyon, alcyon, from ἀλκυών.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Halcyonnoun

    a kingfisher. By modern ornithologists restricted to a genus including a limited number of species having omnivorous habits, as the sacred kingfisher (Halcyon sancta) of Australia

    Etymology: [L. halcyon, alcyon, Gr. "alkyw`n, 'alkyw`n: cf. F. halcyon.]

  2. Halcyonadjective

    pertaining to, or resembling, the halcyon, which was anciently said to lay her eggs in nests on or near the sea during the calm weather about the winter solstice

    Etymology: [L. halcyon, alcyon, Gr. "alkyw`n, 'alkyw`n: cf. F. halcyon.]

  3. Halcyonadjective

    hence: Calm; quiet; peaceful; undisturbed; happy

    Etymology: [L. halcyon, alcyon, Gr. "alkyw`n, 'alkyw`n: cf. F. halcyon.]


  1. Halcyon

    Halcyon, California is an unincorporated community of approximately 125 acres in San Luis Obispo County, California, located just beyond the southern border of the city of Arroyo Grande. It was founded in 1898 as a Theosophical intentional community and is the home and headquarters of a religious organization, The Temple of the People. The ZIP Code is 93420. The community is inside area code 805.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Halcyon

    hal′si-un, n. the kingfisher, once believed to make a floating nest on the sea, which remained calm while it was hatching.—adj. calm: peaceful: happy—hence Halcyon-days, a time of peace and happiness. [L.,—Gr., alkyōn; as if hals, the sea, kyein, to conceive.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of halcyon in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of halcyon in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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