- the period immediately preceding dawn.
- noting the time immediately prior to dawn.
Origin of predawn
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Examples from the Web for predawn
A predawn firefight has left at least one, and possibly as many as four pro-Russian activists dead.Deadly Shootout in Ukraine Raises Fears of Russian Invasion
April 20, 2014
By then, smoke was filling part of the ship, billowing up to the top decks in the predawn light.We Survived the Triumph: Passengers Describe Their Doomed Carnival Cruise
Winston Ross, Eliza Shapiro, Sam Register
February 16, 2013
Knowing that nothing was in sight but waiting was a letdown after the activity of the predawn hours.Smugglers' Reef