Meaning of BEACON in English
/ ˈbiːkən; NAmE / noun
a light that is placed somewhere to guide vehicles and warn them of danger :
a navigation beacon
( figurative )
He was a beacon of hope for the younger generation.
—see also Belisha beacon
a radio station whose signal helps ships and aircraft to find their position
(in the past) a fire lit on top of a hill as a signal
Old English bēacn sign, portent, ensign , of West Germanic origin; related to beckon .
Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary. Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне. 2005