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English definition of “beacon”

beacon

noun [C]     /ˈbiː.kən/
a light or fire on the top of a hill that acts as a warning or signal : As part of the centenary celebrations a chain of beacons was lit across the region .figurative She was a beacon of hope in troubled times .Specific signs and symbolsSigns, signals and symbolsFire and flameFire service
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