bea·con / ˈbēkən/ • n. 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 fig. the prospect of a new government was a beacon of hope for millions. ∎ a light or other visible object serving as a signal, warning, or guide, esp. at sea or on an airfield. ∎ a radio transmitter whose signal helps to fix the position of a ship, aircraft, or spacecraft.
Recorded from Old English (in form bēacn) meaning ‘sign, portent’, the word is of West Germanic origin and is related to beckon.
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