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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj halcyon marked by peace and prosperity "a golden era","the halcyon days of the clipper trade"
    • adj halcyon idyllically calm and peaceful; suggesting happy tranquillity "a halcyon atmosphere"
    • n 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
    • n Halcyon a large kingfisher widely distributed in warmer parts of the Old World
    • n Halcyon (Greek mythology) a woman who was turned into a kingfisher
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Halcyon hăl"sĭ*ŏn (Zoöl) A kingfisher. By modern ornithologists restricted to a genus including a limited number of species having omnivorous habits, as the sacred kingfisher (Halcyon sancta) of Australia. "Amidst our arms as quiet you shall be
      As halcyons brooding on a winter sea."
    • Halcyon Hence: Calm; quiet; peaceful; undisturbed; happy. "Deep, halcyon repose."
    • Halcyon Pertaining to, or resembling, the halcyon, which was anciently said to lay her eggs in nests on or near the sea during the calm weather about the winter solstice.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n halcyon An old and poetical name of the kingfisher. This bird was fabled to lay its eggs in nests that floated on the sea about the time of the winter solstice, and to have the power of charming the winds and waves during the period of incubation, so that the weather was then calm.
    • n halcyon In ornithology: A kingfisher of the subfamily Halcyoninæ or Dacelouinæ, and especially of the genus Halcyon: as, the white-headed halcyon, Halcyon semicœrulea.
    • n halcyon [capitalized] [NL.] The typical genus of kingfishers of the subfamily Halcyoninæ.
    • n halcyon Halcyon days (see below); calm; quietude.
    • halcyon Of, pertaining to, or connected with the halcyon or kingfisher.
    • halcyon Belonging to halcyon days (see below); calm; quiet; peaceful; undisturbed; happy.
    • halcyon Hence — Days of peace and tranquillity.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Halcyon hal′si-un the kingfisher, once believed to make a floating nest on the sea, which remained calm while it was hatching
    • adj Halcyon calm: peaceful: happy—hence Halcyon-days, a time of peace and happiness
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. halcyon, alcyon, Gr. "alkyw`n 'alkyw`n: cf. F. halcyon,


In literature:

The head of the family had been, in the halcyon days before the war, the village butcher.
"Life in a Tank" by Richard Haigh
It must have been a halcyon time for mothers when a child never ventured to ask why.
"A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
The sea is calm, and the halcyon broods, and only love is eternal.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 86, December, 1864" by Various
It may be said that things at Manor Cross were quite in a halcyon condition, when suddenly a thunderbolt fell among them.
"Is He Popenjoy?" by Anthony Trollope
There was something highly romantic in the stage-coach travel of this halcyon era.
"The Cariboo Trail" by Agnes C. Laut
The pure air and semi-tropical skies stimulated our buoyant spirits, and made these the halcyon days of my existence.
"Where Strongest Tide Winds Blew" by Robert McReynolds
It is the one product of our day which will bear actual comparison with the publications of the departed "Halcyon" period.
"Writings in the United Amateur, 1915-1922" by Howard Phillips Lovecraft
It is in such halcyon days that we begin to believe in paint.
"An Ocean Tramp" by William McFee
This halcyon period of our autumn will always in some way be associated with the Indian.
"A Year in the Fields" by John Burroughs
Smooth seas, lovely weather and favoring winds speeded the voyagers: those halcyon days flew swiftly by.
"Solaris Farm" by Milan C. Edson
It is said that a very atrocious criminal was on board the Halcyon.
"Walladmor:" by Thomas De Quincey
Some of these halcyon moments we enjoyed on that fortunate day we arrived at the Mammoth Cave, Kentucky.
"With the World's Great Travellers, Volume 1" by Various
The halcyon days to employers, when keen workers could be had for low wages, are now said to be past.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 5" by Various
The air was cold and lucent; the water halcyon blue.
"The Bonadventure" by Edmund Blunden
The halcyons call; ye Lusians, spread the sail; Old ocean, now appeas'd, shall rage no more.
"The Lusiad" by Luís de Camões
Then followed a couple of weeks of what was simply a halcyon time.
"Forging the Blades" by Bertram Mitford
The `Halcyon' has been taken up for his passage home, and I am on my way to sign articles with Don Francisco di Maxara.
"The Ruined Cities of Zululand" by Hugh Mulleneux Walmsley
Everything favored a halcyon love.
"Carnival" by Compton Mackenzie
Of the Halcyons, Wheeler, who goes to Princeton, and Stewart, who goes to Yale, were the best oars.
"Harper's Round Table, September 17, 1895" by Various
But for five halcyon days he was prepared to devote himself to the glories of Rome under the guidance of Augusta.
"Ayala's Angel" by Anthony Trollope

In poetry:

Why o'er the verdant banks of Ouse
Does yonder Halcyon speed so fast?
'Tis all because she would not lose
Her favourite calm, that will not last.
"The Halcyon" by William Shenstone
Sleep then, sweet babe, I shall not sorrow;
Sleep thy halcyon life away;
I need not fear the blight to-morrow,
'Twill come the sharper for its stay.
"The Mother" by Charlotte Dacre
From past and future toils I rest,
One Sabbath pacifies my year;
I am the halcyon, this my nest;
And all is safely for the best
While the World's there and I am here.
"The Optimist" by James Russell Lowell
And, oh! ye nymphs of P?on! who preside
O'er running rill and salutary stream.
Guard ye in future well the halcyon tide
From the rude death-shriek and the dying scream.
"Elegy Occasioned" by Henry Kirke White
So smiles the surface of the treacherous main,
As o'er its waves the peaceful halcyons play;
When soon rude winds their wonted rule regain,
And sky and ocean mingle in the fray.
"Elegy V. He Compares the Turbulence of Love With the Tranquillity of Friendship" by William Shenstone
"Go, plaintive Youth! no more by fount or stream,
Like some lone halcyon, social pleasures shun;
Go, dare the light, enjoy its cheerful beam,
And hail the bright procession of the sun.
"Elegy XXIV. He Takes Occasion, From the Fate of Eleanor of Bretagne" by William Shenstone

In news:

Centuries of Drama at Halcyon House.
Halcyon days over Editor's Desk.
Roy Kuczera and Mark O'Donnell of Fujitsu show the Halcyon IAQ wall mount unit with plasma filter.
Halcyonic, featuring Orbital and Paul Chambers @ Paramount Theatre.
Sunday nights at the Hexagon are a throwback to the halcyon hours of country music in the Twin Cities.
In my neighborhood we did the song in reverse and unpaved a parking lot to recreate a bit of paradise in the form of Halcyon Commons.
' The track is her lead single off of her second album, 'Halcyon,' and Goulding's smoky and angelic vocals were hypnotizing as she sang the upbeat, synthy, piano-driven tune.
In the halcyon (and perhaps nonexistent) days of yore, couples married young, started with nothing, built up a substantial nest egg, and stayed married for 50 years.
Jayson Musson Halcyon Days at SALON 94 BOWERY.
Tomorrow night, exactly 85 years after 2,200 or so passengers and crew did the same, some 100 diners will pay $79 each to eat "the last dinner on the Titanic," as scrupulously recreated by the Halcyon restaurant in New York.
Same-sex smooch : GOP, it's time to kiss halcyon days goodbye.
Arroyo Grande, CA — Friday morning about 6:20, MedCom received a report of a vehicle versus pedestrian accident at Mesa View Dr at Halcyon Rd.
Events bring to mind industry's halcyon days.
The halcyon days for investing in fast-growing Chinese startups have passed.
0 Ellie Gloulding's "Halcyon" ( Interscope Records / October 9, 2012 ).