Meaning of BEACON in English

BEACON

/ ˈbiːkən; NAmE / noun

1.

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

2.

a radio station whose signal helps ships and aircraft to find their position

3.

(in the past) a fire lit on top of a hill as a signal

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WORD ORIGIN

Old English bēacn sign, portent, ensign , of West Germanic origin; related to beckon .

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