halcyon

An old man watching his grandchildren play might look back fondly on his halcyon days, remembering the peaceful, happy time of his youth.

The word halcyon comes from a story in Greek mythology about the halcyon bird, which had the power to calm the rough ocean waves every December so she could nest. Like those calm waters, halcyon has come to mean a sense of peace or tranquility. People often use the phrase halcyon days to refer idyllically to a calmer, more peaceful time in their past.

Definitions of halcyon
  1. 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
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    type of:
    mythical being
    an imaginary being of myth or fable
  2. adjective
    idyllically calm and peaceful; suggesting happy tranquillity
    “a halcyon atmosphere”
    Synonyms:
    peaceable, peaceful
    not disturbed by strife or turmoil or war
  3. adjective
    marked by peace and prosperity
    “the halcyon days of the clipper trade”
    synonyms: golden, prosperous
    happy
    enjoying or showing or marked by joy or pleasure
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