beacon /ˈbiːk(ə)n/


I. noun

1. a fire or light set up in a high or prominent position as a warning, signal, or celebration.

a chain of beacons carried the news.
her red hair was like a beacon in the night.

‹figurative› the prospect of a new government was a beacon of hope for millions.

2. [often in place names]
(Brit.) a hill suitable for a beacon

Ivinghoe Beacon.
3. a light or other visible object serving as a signal, warning, or guide at sea, on an airfield, etc.
4. a radio transmitter whose signal helps to fix the position of a ship, aircraft, or spacecraft.
– origin Old English bēacn ‘sign, portent, ensign’, of West Germanic origin; related to beckon.

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