Definition Of halcyon


a mythical bird said by ancient writers to breed in a nest floating at sea at the winter solstice, charming the wind and waves into calm.

The halcyon , a mythical bird, is said to have laid its eggs in the nautilus' shell.

a tropical Asian and African kingfisher with brightly colored plumage.

The halcyon is a type of kingfisher that lays its eggs on the beach in winter.

denoting a period of time in the past that was idyllically happy and peaceful.

the halcyon days of the mid-1980s, when profits were soaring

Example Of halcyon

  • Halcyons are solitary except when they are courting and raising a family.

  • Ah, it takes me back to those heady, halcyon days of 1999 when any idea that remotely involved the Web was funded to the gills in a matter of weeks.

  • Anyone who remembers halcyon summers on the islands readily recalls the clackety clack noise of the looms that punctuated every 100 yards or so of a walk through any village.

  • At any rate, in those halcyon days before computers, Frank would type and affix the daily diary to the notice board by 6.30 am at the latest.

  • At first merely uninteresting, the ploy eventually descends into slapstick comedy, undermining the prevailing halcyon tone of the work.

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