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Definition of dawn noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    dawn

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//dɔːn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɔːn//
     
    The sun and the moon
     
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  1. 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 Sydney as dawn broke (= as the first light could be seen). I woke up just before dawn. summer’s early dawns He works from dawn till dusk (= from morning till night). The plane took off, leaving London behind in a blue-grey dawn. compare dusk See related entries: The sun and the moon
  2. 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
  3. Word Origin late 15th cent. (as a verb): back-formation from Middle English dawning alteration of earlier dawing, from Old English dagian ‘to dawn’, of Germanic origin.Extra examples Ammunition was seized during a dawn raid on the house. Dawn was breaking over the valley. He always got up to greet the dawn. He works from dawn to dusk, and often well into the night. Let’s think back to the dawn of time. That morning, she rose at dawn. The dawn chorus woke Robyn at five. The dawn chorus= birds singing woke Robyn at five. This appointment marked the dawn of a productive era in her scientific career. This sudden success may prove to be a false dawn. We are seeing the dawn of a new era. Be prepared for cold nights and foggy dawns in the mountains next week. He works from dawn till dusk. It’s almost dawn. Peace marked a new dawn in the country’s history. She awoke to another glorious dawn. She’s always up at the crack of dawn. That’s been going on since the dawn of civilization. There was talk of the dawn of a golden age in European art. They start work at dawn. We arrived in Sydney as dawn broke.Idioms (informal) very early in the morning I have to get up at the crack of dawn. (literary) the moment in the early hours of the morning when it begins to get light
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