- 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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Examples from the Web for dawnlike
And this faded purple, this dawnlike tint, so delicately soft, was in truth exquisite.Doctor Pascal
- 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 dawnlike
1590s, from dawn (v.).
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.