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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of daybreak

  • One morning at daybreak I was awakened by Jim swinging back my door.

    The Underdog

    F. Hopkinson Smith

  • At daybreak they were in the entrance of the Straits, but the enemy were not in sight.

  • Proclaim at daybreak that I myself will review the troops in the Vivarrambla.

    Leila, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • The baron, with some of his retainers and all the foresters, halted at daybreak in Sherwood forest.

    Maid Marian

    Thomas Love Peacock

  • I go out at daybreak, driving the oxen to field, and I yoke them to the plough.

    English Villages

    P. H. Ditchfield

British Dictionary definitions for daybreak



the time in the morning when light first appears; dawn; sunrise
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Word Origin and History for daybreak

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

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