[dawn] /dɔn/
the first appearance of daylight in the morning:
"Dawn broke over the valley."
the beginning or rise of anything; advent:
"the dawn of civilization."
verb (used without object)
to begin to grow light in the morning:
"The day dawned with a cloudless sky."
to begin to open or develop.
to begin to be perceived (usually followed by on):
"The idea dawned on him."
before 1150; Middle English dawen (v.), Old English dagian, derivative of dæg day; akin to Old Norse daga, Middle Dutch, Middle Low German dagen, Old High German tagēn
Related forms
dawnlike, adjective
undawned, adjective
1. daybreak, sunrise. 5. appear, occur, break.
1. sunset.


[dawn] /dɔn/
a female given name.
Example Sentences for dawn
He appears in the voyage of the dawn treader, the silver chair, and the last battle.
Afterwards, he voyages to the edge of the world in his ship, the dawn treader.
dawn had a crush on him, but he either ignored it or was oblivious to it.
Between the end of the war and the dawn of television, hill worked as a radio performer.
Bmw has been engaged in motorsport activities since the dawn of the first bmw motorcycle.
Aura eventually gives him a new bracelet called the dawn bracelet.
It is performed during night until dawn particularly in parties.
British Dictionary definitions for dawn
dawn (dɔːn)
1.  daybreak; sunriseRelated: auroral
2.  the sky when light first appears in the morning
3.  the beginning of something
vb (usually foll by on or upon)
4.  to begin to grow light after the night
5.  to begin to develop, appear, or expand
6.  to begin to become apparent (to)
Related: auroral
[Old English dagian to dawn; see day]

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Word Origin and History for dawn
c.1500, shortened from dawning, dawing (c.1300), from O.E. dagung, from dagian "to become day," from root of dæg "day" (see day). Probably influenced by a Scandinavian word (cf. Dan. dagning, O.N. dagan). The noun is first recorded c.1600.
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In addition to the idiom beginning with dawn, also see crack of dawn; light dawned.

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