- the first appearance of daylight in the morning: Dawn broke over the valley.
- the beginning or rise of anything; advent: the dawn of civilization.
- to begin to grow light in the morning: The day dawned with a cloudless sky.
- to begin to open or develop.
- to begin to be perceived (usually followed by on): The idea dawned on him.
Origin of dawn
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- a female given name.
Examples from the Web for dawn
Shortly after dawn, there was another outbreak of deadly force.France Mourns—and Hunts
Nico Hines, Christopher Dickey
January 8, 2015
Andy Serkis, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Do you want to be on the wrong side of history, Academy?Oscars 2015: The Daily Beast’s Picks, From Scarlett Johansson to ‘Boyhood’
January 6, 2015
Emily Kinney told me that Beth and Dawn understood and respected each other on a certain level.
But in another world, Beth stabs Dawn and she is bleeding and none of those other cops are helping her get to a doctor.
Do you think Beth knew what would happen if she stabbed Dawn with those scissors?Exit Interview: The Walking Dead's Beth Tells All
December 1, 2014
And yet, I am persuaded, a day will dawn when something will.The Conquest of Fear
Light of some sort began to dawn on the perplexed faces of the gentlemen.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
When Sidney saw the outline of the stable roof, she knew that it was dawn.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
The dawn was just showing over the mountains, and in Sils the cocks were crowing.Rico and Wiseli
At the dawn of the morning he made his attack sharp, unexpected, decisive.Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates
- daybreak; sunriseRelated adjective: auroral
- the sky when light first appears in the morning
- the beginning of something
- to begin to grow light after the night
- to begin to develop, appear, or expand
- (usually foll by on or upon) to begin to become apparent (to)
Word Origin and History for dawn
c.1200, dauen, "to dawn, grow light," shortened or back-formed from dauinge, dauing "period between darkness and sunrise," (c.1200), from Old English dagung, from dagian "to become day," from root of dæg "day" (see day). Probably influenced by a Scandinavian word (cf. Danish dagning, Old Norse dagan "a dawning;" cf. also German tagen "to dawn"). Related: Dawned; dawning.
1590s, from dawn (v.).