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[mawrn] /mɔrn/
noun, Literary.
Origin of morn
before 900; Middle English morn(e), Old English morne (dative of morgen morning); cognate with Dutch, German Morgen Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • He is aged for such a journey, if you came from the Forest since morn.

    The Armourer's Prentices Charlotte M. Yonge
  • The morn's mornin' cam, an' by that time I had decided on my plan o' operautions.

  • After hailing the morn with this second salutation, he threw a boot at the woman as a third.

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  • There is not a blacksmith but is at his forge from morn to night at work upon pike-heads.

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • And he himself resuscitated amidst the childhood of the morn.

  • It was his wont not only to "sleep like a top all night," but also to "sleep at morn."

  • However, the sea's free to all men, lads, and the morn will show.

    The House Under the Sea

    Sir Max Pemberton
  • And you”––surveying her face, which had the freshness of morn––“look younger!

    The Strollers Frederic S. Isham
  • Some days there have been processions and bell-ringing from morn to eve.

  • What Englishman issues forth at morn, without one beneath his arm?

    Arthur O'Leary Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for morn


a poetic word for morning
(Scot) the morn, tomorrow
(Scot) the morn's nicht, tomorrow night
Word Origin
Old English morgen; compare Old High German morgan, Old Norse morginn
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Word Origin and History for morn

contracted from Middle English morwen, from Old English (Mercian) margen (dative marne), earlier morgen (dative morgne) "morning, forenoon, sunrise," from Proto-Germanic *murgana- "morning" (cf. Old Saxon morgan, Old Frisian morgen, Middle Dutch morghen, Dutch morgen, Old High German morgan, German Morgen, Gothic maurgins), from PIE *merk-, perhaps from root *mer- "to blink, twinkle" (cf. Lithuanian mirgeti "to blink").

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