[ mawr-ning ]
/ ˈmɔr nɪŋ /
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the first part or period of the day, extending from dawn, or from midnight, to noon.
the beginning of day; dawn: Morning is almost here.
the first or early period of anything; beginning: the morning of life.


of or relating to morning: the morning hours.
occurring, appearing, used, etc., in the morning: a morning coffee break.



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Origin of morning

1200–50; Middle English; see morn, -ing1; modeled on evening


pre·morn·ing, adjective
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What is a basic definition of morning?

Morning refers to the beginning of the day. Morning is used figuratively to refer to the beginning of anything. Morning is also used to describe something that involves or occurs during the morning.

Depending on who you ask, the exact hours of the morning will be different. Generally speaking, morning begins either at sunrise or at midnight (12 a.m.) and ends at noon (12 p.m.).

  • Real-life examples: People usually sleep at night and wake up in the morning. The sun rises in the morning. Roosters are known to crow during the morning when the sun comes up.
  • Used in a sentence: I would rather sleep until noon than wake up early in the morning.

Morning is also used figuratively to mean the beginning of something, such as a life, or an early period of something.

  • Real-life examples: The first movies were made in the morning of the film industry. Babyhood is the morning of a human’s life.
  • Used in a sentence: Archaeologists discovered artifacts left behind by people who lived during the morning of civilization.

As an adjective, morning means that something is related to the morning or happens during the morning.

  • Real-life examples: A morning person likes being awake in the morning. A morning shower is taken in the early part of the day.
  • Used in a sentence: Delivering the morning newspaper means waking up at 5 a.m.

Where does morning come from?

The first records of morning come from around 1200. It comes from the Middle English morwening and was modeled on the older word evening.

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What are some other forms related to morning?

  • premorning (adjective)

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How is morning used in real life?

Morning is a common word that refers to the early hours of the day.

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The sun sets in the morning.

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British Dictionary definitions for morning

/ (ˈmɔːnɪŋ) /


the first part of the day, ending at or around noon
sunrise; daybreak; dawn
the beginning or early periodthe morning of the world
the morning after informal the aftereffects of excess, esp a hangover
(modifier) of, used, or occurring in the morningmorning coffee
See also mornings

Word Origin for morning

C13 morwening, from morn, formed on the model of evening
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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