Meaning of BEACON in English


I. ˈbēkən noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English beken, from Old English bēacen sign; akin to Old High German bouhhan sign and perhaps to Greek phainein to show — more at fancy

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


a. : a lighthouse or other signal mark ashore or in shoal water usually to guide mariners

b. : an unattended light or other signaling device for the guidance of aviators

c. : a fixed automatic radio transmitter emitting characteristic signals for the guidance of aircraft

d. : a traffic light or other signal serving a similar purpose


a. Britain : a high hill with a conspicuous outlook

b. Britain : a watchtower or signaling station

c. : a pole that marks

4. : a very clear or conspicuous signal or indication : a monumental indication often serving as a source of light and inspiration

the beacon to the oppressed of all countries — Adrienne Koch

a beacon for creative artists the world over — A.R.Katz

5. heraldry : a fire basket usually depicted inflamed set up on a pole against which a ladder leans : cresset

II. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

transitive verb


a. : to light as a beacon

fires where the hedgers had been at work beaconed the darkness — Adrian Bell

b. : to give light to : inspire and guide : summon to achievement

one truth would dimly beacon me — Robert Browning

2. : to furnish or mark with a beacon

beacon the headland

intransitive verb

: to shine as a beacon

then Adventure beaconed from far off, and his heart leapt — Maurice Hewlett

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