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predawn

[ pree-dawn, pree- ]
/ priˈdɔn, ˈpri- /
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noun

the period immediately preceding dawn.

adjective

noting the time immediately prior to dawn.

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Origin of predawn

First recorded in 1945–50; pre- + dawn
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