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Below you will find the definition of halcyon, followed by 41 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(adjective) - idyllically calm and peaceful; suggesting happy tranquillity
EXAMPLES - Halcyon in a Sentence
- Youth has been justly termed the halcyon era of life. (source)
- How can we move beyond the halcyon years of the 1990s? (source)
- For the halcyon was a fabled bird, whose nest floated upon the sea. (source)
- And who can forget those halcyon years of the John Edwards administration? (source)
- Recalling the halcyon days of early 2008, Hedgie momentarily forgot himself. (source)
- "People have joined that piece of music with the halcyon days of great players." (source)
- The halcyon is a sacred bird, so I never stirred for fear I should scare it away. (source)
- The halcyon is a sea bird, which lays its eggs along the shore, or deposits them in the sand. (source)
- Possibly the halcyon was a tern or sea-swallow, which resembles a kingfisher, but they brood on land. (source)
- Many will recall the halcyon days of Dimension Data when it sold networking systems at breathtaking pace. (source)
- Still, many prospectors remember the 1990s, when gold fell to as little as $250 an ounce, as halcyon days. (source)
- Maybe hedgies are nostalgic for the halcyon days before the financial crash that marked the end of Bush's tenure. (source)
- At least I recall the halcyon days when we would go to the playground, and I could stand nearby in reasonable proximity. (source)
- This is a movie that turns the aisles of Ikea into the kind of halcyon romantic destination that Woody Allen gives "Manhattan." (source)
- These blissful, halcyon times would end, and I'd be unceremoniously dumped into that hideous, dark place known as the real world. (source)
- Recalling their halcyon days in the '70s, Knicks announcer Walt Frazier came dressed as a leopard, or at least wore a leopard-print suit. (source)
- Maeve Reston's revolting hurl in the LA Times recalling the halcyon days when McCain pampered, flattered, and even healed his media entourage. (source)
- And in a gesture intended to recall the halcyon days under the fourth premier, they invited Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to campaign in the two Bukits. (source)
- "Making the Scene," directed by Sonic Youth bassist Kim Gordon and shot by artist Tony Oursler, is a glance back at the halcyon days of Danceteria. (source)
- Over the past few decades, industry has moved far from the halcyon days of Bell Labs, inventor of the transistor, when private firms pursued basic research. (source)
- I said that I doubted whether 1879 could be classified as a halcyon year in the extreme acceptance of the word, without some risk of terminological inexactitude. (source)
- There is an ideological fondness for a more laissez faire approach to business and our economy that appeals, in a bid to recall halcyon days of unfettered growth. (source)
- Look up 'halcyon' in the dictionary then, while you're at it, look up 'avatar' because, if you are a well-paid journalist, you have been misusing both words for years.) (source)
- The petterel and the halcyon were the birds the sailor loved, and he forgot the songs of the inland woods in the moanings that haunt the very heart of the tumultuous sea. (source)
- Then if someone's looking for, say, every occurrence of the word "halcyon" in those comics in the database, that someone would just type the word into the search box, and bingo! (source)
- Recalling the halcyon days when Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg were overwhelmingly confirmed, he says, "I don't want to politicize the judiciary any more than has been done." (source)
- "When I was a teenager, I worked in the orchards around Wenatchee picking apples, cherries and other fruit," Armstrong said in a press release, recalling the halcyon days of the early 1970s. (source)
- Currently residing in federal prison near Tucson, Arizona, Ziskin recalls the halcyon days of the late '90s, when club orphans like Paris and Brandon invariably fell under his de facto guardianship. (source)
- This is to say nothing of the Marine barracks massacre of 1983, and the innumerable attacks on U.S. embassies and installations around the world during what Obama now characterizes as the halcyon days of U.S. (source)
- Last Friday we had a very entertaining time of proofreading the Guide, aided by candy and fave tunes from the 80s provided by Miss Touch-Me Pod, whose little speaker recalls the halcyon days of AM transistor radios. (source)
- During the halcyon housing bubble days he used to argue that we could afford to privatize Social Security because so many people owned their own homes and therefore would have stable retirements because of home equity. (source)
- Opening its doors this weekend, the mammoth David Chipperfield-designed gallery complex has been built to reflect the famed light that so captivated JMW Turner and the Victorians who flocked to this halcyon seaside getaway. (source)
- This is to say nothing of the Marine barracks massacre of 1983, and the innumerable attacks on U.S. embassies and installations around the world during what Obama now characterizes as the halcyon days of U. S.Islamic relations. (source)
- We recalled the halcyon days when Broder mocked two typical targets for boring him with policy speeches-policy speeches filled with "swell ideas," policy speeches which weren't about "the state of [Hillary Clinton's] marriage" (links below). (source)
- He said the acquisition of Ferrer and Tsonga was only the start in assembling an entry for the South African Open that will recall the halcyon days of the event in the 1970s and early 1980s when many of the world's leading players came to the country. (source)
- Gawd, I had forgotten how annoying the Donahue's mannerisms were. 1989 was still relatively close to the halcyon days for Michael, altho I know I was already grumbling about his increasingly pale and feminized visage (little did I know it was still relatively normal at that point.) (source)
- In what must now seem like the halcyon days of opposition, when he watched a rightwing government disintegrate in grace-and-favour scandals, George Papandreou uttered the immortal words: "The money exists, it is only that Mr Kostas Karamanlis prefers to give it to the few and powerful." (source)
- This association is derived from the noun "halcyon," which refers to a bird, fabled to have bred around the time of the winter solstice in a nest floating on the sea; the bird charmed the wind and waves, with the result that the sea was particularly calm during this period. cottag'd vale (source)
- At least that's the word from Jason's Restaurant in Greenbrae, where Carol Johnstone, who bills herself as the "Disco Dancing Queen of Marin," holds court during weekly "Disco Mondays," two hours that recall the halcyon days of Donna Summer, the Bee Gees and John Travolta in "Saturday Night Fever." (source)
- Roberts is likely to be used as part of a two-pronged attack alongside Benni McCarthy, and he faces a formidable task in trying to outsmart Terry, who has returned to his indomitable best of late to recall the halcyon days under Jose Mourinho, when Chelsea's reputation was built on their defensive resilience. (source)
- Hailing from Austin, Texas, the home of SXSW, Ringo Deathstarr stir up an incendiary racket that recalls the halcyon days of My Bloody Valentine pre-empting their 'Isn't Anything' surge to legendary status ( 'Starrsha') while 'Down On You' and 'Swirly' conjure up images of previous tour buddies A Place To Bury Strangers jamming with the Boo Radleys in their experimentally LOUD phase (i.e. when they were very, very good). (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 41 example sentences provided below is 57.0, which suggests that "halcyon" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 16 synonyms for halcyon.
at peace, balmy, bucolic, gentle, golden, happy, harmonious, palmy, pastoral, quiet, serene, soothing, still, sunny, tranquil, untroubled
We have 1 antonym for halcyon.
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of halcyon from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (noun) A kingfisher, especially one of the genus Halcyon.
- (noun) 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.
- (adjective) Calm and peaceful; tranquil.
- (adjective) Prosperous; golden: halcyon years.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (noun) In classical legends, a bird said to nest on the sea, thereby calming the waters; later usually identified with a type of kingfisher, hence (poetic) a kingfisher.
- (noun) A tropical kingfisher of the genus Halcyon, such as the sacred kingfisher Halcyon sancta of Australia.
- (adjective) Pertaining to the halcyon or kingfisher
- (adjective) Calm, undisturbed, peaceful, serene.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (noun) 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.
- (adjective) 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.
- (adjective) Hence: Calm; quiet; peaceful; undisturbed; happy.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (noun) An old and poetical name of the kingfisher.
- (noun) In ornithology: A kingfisher of the subfamily Halcyoninæ or Dacelouinæ, and especially of the genus Halcyon: as, the white-headed halcyon, Halcyon semicœrulea.
- (noun) [capitalized] [NL.] The typical genus of kingfishers of the subfamily Halcyoninæ.
- (noun) Halcyon days (see below); calm; quietude.
- (None) Of, pertaining to, or connected with the halcyon or kingfisher.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (adjective) idyllically calm and peaceful; suggesting happy tranquillity
- (noun) a large kingfisher widely distributed in warmer parts of the Old World
- (noun) (Greek mythology) a woman who was turned into a kingfisher
- (adjective) marked by peace and prosperity
- (noun) 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