- 1 [uncountable, countable] the time of day when light first appears synonym daybreak, sunrise They start work at dawn. It's almost dawn. We arrived in New York as dawn broke (= as the first light could be seen). I woke up just before dawn. summer's early dawns He works from dawn to dusk (= from morning to night). The plane took off, leaving Boston behind in a blue-gray dawn. compare dusk
- 2[singular] dawn (of something) the beginning or first signs of something the dawn of civilization/time/history Peace marked a new dawn in the country's history. the dawn of a golden age in European art Idioms
very early in the morning I have to get up at the crack of dawn.
at the crack of dawn(informal)jump to other results
the moment in the early hours of the morning when it begins to get light
break of day/dawn(literary)jump to other results