Meaning of BEACON in English


I. ˈbē-kən noun

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

Date: 14th century

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


a. : a lighthouse or other signal for guidance

b. : a radio transmitter emitting signals for guidance of aircraft

3. : a source of light or inspiration

II. verb

Date: 1650

intransitive verb

: to shine as a beacon

transitive verb

: to furnish with a beacon

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.