Definition of Belisha beacon in English:

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Belisha beacon

Pronunciation: /bəˈliːʃə ˌbik(ə)n/


(In the UK) an orange ball containing a flashing light, mounted on a striped post on the pavement at each end of a zebra crossing.
Example sentences
  • However at 16% of pedestrian crossings at least one of the Belisha beacons was not operating.
  • By 1951 the black and white stripes, with Belisha beacons on either side of the road, were approved as ‘Zebra’ crossings; the first officially installed in Slough.
  • When the village school was built in the 19th century all was quiet, but by 1955 it was getting busier - there are Belisha beacons across School Lane.


1930s: named after Leslie Hore- Belisha (1893–1957), British politician, Minister of Transport when the beacons were introduced.

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