[pree-dawn, pree-]


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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  • Knowing that nothing was in sight but waiting was a letdown after the activity of the predawn hours.

    Smugglers' Reef

    John Blaine