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[dey-breyk] /ˈdeɪˌbreɪk/
the first appearance of daylight in the morning; dawn.
Origin of daybreak
1520-30; day + break Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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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
  • One morning at daybreak I was awakened by Jim swinging back my door.

    The Underdog F. Hopkinson Smith
  • I go to the dissection hall at daybreak and then to the hospital.

    The Mesmerist's Victim Alexandre Dumas
  • The baron, with some of his retainers and all the foresters, halted at daybreak in Sherwood forest.

    Maid Marian Thomas Love Peacock
  • The night passed without any incident, and at daybreak I awoke.

    The White Scalper Gustave Aimard
  • Have them ready by to-morrow at daybreak, when the messenger may start.'

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
British Dictionary definitions for daybreak


the time in the morning when light first appears; dawn; sunrise
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for daybreak

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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