beacon etymology

English word beacon comes from Proto-Indo-European *bū-, and later Proto-Germanic *baukną (Sign, symbol.)

Detailed word origin of beacon

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*bū- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*bʰə-w- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*baukną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Sign, symbol.
bēacen Old English (ang)
beken Middle English (enm)
beacon English (eng) (figurative) That which gives notice of danger.. (nautical) A signal or conspicuous mark erected on an eminence near the shore, or moored in shoal water, as a guide to mariners.. A high hill or other easily distinguishable object near the shore which can serve as guidance for seafarers.. A post or buoy placed over a shoal or bank to warn vessels of danger; also a signal mark on land. (FM [...]

Words with the same origin as beacon

Descendants of *bū-
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