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[dey-breyk] /ˈdeɪˌbreɪk/
the first appearance of daylight in the morning; dawn.
Origin of daybreak
First recorded in 1520-30; day + break Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • We will start at daybreak with our friend, and a half-breed as a guide.

    The Western World W.H.G. Kingston
  • At daybreak they decided that they would live together there.

    Fairy Tales from Brazil Elsie Spicer Eells
  • I go to the dissection hall at daybreak and then to the hospital.

    The Mesmerist's Victim Alexandre Dumas
  • The Master said, To learn the Way at daybreak and die at eve were enough.

  • The night passed without any incident, and at daybreak I awoke.

    The White Scalper Gustave Aimard
  • As for bed, why it was hardly worth while preparing that, for he must be up and away by daybreak.

    The Grateful Indian W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for daybreak


the time in the morning when light first appears; dawn; sunrise
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for daybreak

1520s, from day + break (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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