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daybreak

[dey-breyk] /ˈdeɪˌbreɪk/
noun
1.
the first appearance of daylight in the morning; dawn.
Origin of daybreak
1520-1530
1520-30; day + break
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  • We will start at daybreak with our friend, and a half-breed as a guide.

    The Western World W.H.G. Kingston
  • At daybreak they decided that they would live together there.

    Fairy Tales from Brazil Elsie Spicer Eells
  • I go to the dissection hall at daybreak and then to the hospital.

    The Mesmerist's Victim Alexandre Dumas
  • The Master said, To learn the Way at daybreak and die at eve were enough.

  • The night passed without any incident, and at daybreak I awoke.

    The White Scalper Gustave Aimard
  • As for bed, why it was hardly worth while preparing that, for he must be up and away by daybreak.

    The Grateful Indian W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for daybreak

daybreak

/ˈdeɪˌbreɪk/
noun
1.
the time in the morning when light first appears; dawn; sunrise
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Word Origin and History for daybreak
n.

1520s, from day + break (n.).

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