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hal·cy·on

 (hăl′sē-ən)
adj.
1. Calm and peaceful; tranquil.
2. Prosperous; golden: halcyon years.
n.
1. A fabled bird, identified with the kingfisher, that was supposed to have had the power to calm the wind and the waves while it nested on the sea during the winter solstice.
2. A kingfisher, especially one of the genus Halcyon.

[Middle English alcioun, mythical halcyon bird, from Latin alcyōn, halcyōn, from Greek halkuōn, alteration (influenced by hals, salt, sea, and kuōn, conceiving) of alkuōn, probably from a pre-Greek Mediterranean language .]

halcyon

(ˈhælsɪən)
adj
1. peaceful, gentle, and calm
2. happy and carefree
n
3. (Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth a fabulous bird associated with the winter solstice
4. (Animals) a poetic name for the kingfisher
5. halcyon days
a. a fortnight of calm weather during the winter solstice
b. a period of peace and happiness
[C14: from Latin alcyon, from Greek alkuōn kingfisher, of uncertain origin]

hal•cy•on

(ˈhæl si ən)

adj.
1. calm; peaceful; tranquil: halcyon weather.
2. prosperous: halcyon years.
3. happy; joyful; carefree: halcyon days of youth.
4. of or pertaining to the halcyon or kingfisher.
n.
5. a bird of classical legend, identified with the kingfisher, that was said to magically calm the waves when it nested on the surface of the sea.
6. any of various kingfishers, esp. of the genus Halcyon.
[1350–1400; Middle English alceon, alicion < Latin (h)alcyōn < Greek halkyṓn]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Halcyon - (Greek mythology) a woman who was turned into a kingfisher
Greek mythology - the mythology of the ancient Greeks
2.Halcyon - a large kingfisher widely distributed in warmer parts of the Old World
bird genus - a genus of birds
3.halcyon - a mythical bird said to breed at the time of the winter solstice in a nest floating on the sea and to have the power of calming the winds and waves
mythical being - an imaginary being of myth or fable
Adj.1.halcyon - idyllically calm and peaceful; suggesting happy tranquillity; "a halcyon atmosphere"
peaceful, peaceable - not disturbed by strife or turmoil or war; "a peaceful nation"; "peaceful times"; "a far from peaceful Christmas"; "peaceful sleep"
2.halcyon - marked by peace and prosperity; "a golden era"; "the halcyon days of the clipper trade"
happy - enjoying or showing or marked by joy or pleasure; "a happy smile"; "spent many happy days on the beach"; "a happy marriage"

halcyon

adjective
1. happy, golden, flourishing, prosperous, carefree, palmy It was all a far cry from those halcyon days in 1990.
2. peaceful, still, quiet, calm, gentle, mild, serene, tranquil, placid, pacific, undisturbed, unruffled The next day dawned sunny with a halcyon blue sky.

halcyon

adjective
Motionless and undisturbed:
Translations

halcyon

[ˈhælsɪən] ADJ halcyon daysdías mpl felices

halcyon

[ˈhælsiən] adjmerveilleux/euse

halcyon

adj halcyon daysglückliche Tage pl

halcyon

[ˈhælsɪən] adjsereno/a
References in classic literature ?
The kitchen, the butler's pantry, the servants' hall, the entrance hall, were equally alive; and the saloons were only left void and still when the blue sky and halcyon sunshine of the genial spring weather called their occupants out into the grounds.
Reflections of this kind may have trifling weight with men who hope to see realized in America the halcyon scenes of the poetic or fabulous age; but to those who believe we are likely to experience a common portion of the vicissitudes and calamities which have fallen to the lot of other nations, they must appear entitled to serious attention.
would she sit at my side when I dictate or correct, with such a still, contented, halcyon mien?
From such halcyon dreams, they were startled one morning, at daybreak, by a savage yell.
It was in the year after that of my novitiate, a halcyon period at the Albany, when Raffles left no crib uncracked, and I played second-murderer every time.
Anne spent a fortnight of halcyon days at Echo Lodge in the golden prime of August.
He had been a member of the crew of the smuggling schooner Halcyon when she was captured by a revenue cutter.
Even a tramp, in those halcyon days, could get most frequently drunk.
As for Owen Ford, the "Margaret" of his book, although she had the soft brown hair and elfin face of the real girl who had vanished so long ago, "pillowed where lost Atlantis sleeps," had the personality of Leslie Moore, as it was revealed to him in those halcyon days at Four Winds Harbor.
In the winter, beneath the halcyon sky of Nice, which then looked down upon me for the first time in my life, I found the third 'Zarathustra'--and came to the end of my task; the whole having occupied me scarcely a year.
Not that at any time,' she proceeded, 'its worst enemy could have said it was a cheerful house for that it was never made to be but always highly impressive, fond memory recalls an occasion in youth ere yet the judgment was mature when Arthur--confirmed habit--Mr Clennam--took me down into an unused kitchen eminent for mouldiness and proposed to secrete me there for life and feed me on what he could hide from his meals when he was not at home for the holidays and on dry bread in disgrace which at that halcyon period too frequently occurred, would it be inconvenient or asking too much to beg to be permitted to revive those scenes and walk through the house?
He had been a pioneer in California, and could narrate many a strange tale of fortunes made and fortunes lost in those wild, halcyon days.