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Definition of beacon noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a light that is placed somewhere to guide vehicles and warn them of danger a navigation beacon
  2. 2beacon of/for something a person, principle, etc. that guides others or is a good model for them to follow He was a beacon of hope for the younger generation. America is a beacon for freedom.
  3. 3a radio station whose signal helps ships and aircraft to find their position The plane was guided in by radio beacon.
  4. 4(in the past) a fire lit on top of a hill as a signal
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: beacon

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