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predawn

[pree-dawn, pree-]
noun
  1. the period immediately preceding dawn.
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adjective
  1. 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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  • Knowing that nothing was in sight but waiting was a letdown after the activity of the predawn hours.

    Smugglers' Reef

    John Blaine