Meaning of Belisha beacon in English:

Belisha beacon

Pronunciation /bəˈliːʃə ˌbiːk(ə)n/

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  • (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.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘But what they're going to do is put a Belisha beacon crossing here and then put more streetlights on top of the Belisha beacon.’
    • ‘On British road sign poles, apart from Belisha beacons, we lost our white stripes many years ago and they are now plain black.’
    • ‘One of the oldest and most recognisable road safety devices in the UK, the Belisha Beacon, is to get a makeover more than 70 years after it was introduced.’
    • ‘There is usually a Belisha beacon at each side of the crossing.’
    • ‘The scheme involves improving the lighting and installing internally lit up poles to the 59 belisha beacons at all 26 zebra crossing locations in the city.’


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