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[pree-dawn, pree-] /priˈdɔn, ˈpri-/
the period immediately preceding dawn.
noting the time immediately prior to dawn.
Origin of predawn
First recorded in 1945-50; pre- + dawn Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • But the cold cramped him and he was glad to see the graying sky of pre-dawn.

    The Defiant Agents Andre Alice Norton
  • They woke him in the pre-dawn twilight and another group of Agvars took over.

    Uniform of a Man Dave Dryfoos
  • In the gray of pre-dawn on the fourth day Ashe wakened Ross.

    The Time Traders Andre Norton
  • I barely remember the welcome chill that the pre-dawn hours brought to the room.

    Kastle Krags Absalom Martin
  • The beast probably would lay up shortly after its pre-dawn feeding and he'd overhaul it in an hour or two.

    The World That Couldn't Be Clifford Donald Simak
Word Origin and History for pre-dawn

1940, from pre- + dawn (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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