Beacon - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈbiːkən|  American pronunciation of the word beacon
Brit.  |ˈbiːk(ə)n|  British pronunciation of the word beacon


- a fire (usually on a hill or tower) that can be seen from a distance
- a radio station that broadcasts a directional signal for navigational purposes
- a tower with a light that gives warning of shoals to passing ships (syn: lighthouse, pharos)


- shine like a beacon
- guide with a beacon


These countries are beacons of democracy.

Our nation should be a beacon of peace to people around the world.

...a lone lighthouse beacons the entrance to the island's only harbor...

The education program offers a beacon of hope to these children.

they saw the light of the beacon

the protected and compartmented society of Beacon Hill

Word forms

singular: beacon
plural: beacons
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