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[mawrn] /mɔrn/
noun, Literary.
Origin of morn
before 900; Middle English morn(e), Old English morne (dative of morgen morning); cognate with Dutch, German Morgen Unabridged
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  • Every morn ing she fills the measuring cup to exactly one cup.
  • They got up a sail this morn thinking it would hold the ship more steady, but the wind soon tore it to shreds.
British Dictionary definitions for morn


a poetic word for morning
(Scot) the morn, tomorrow
(Scot) the morn's nicht, tomorrow night
Word Origin
Old English morgen; compare Old High German morgan, Old Norse morginn
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Word Origin and History for morn

contracted from Middle English morwen, from Old English (Mercian) margen (dative marne), earlier morgen (dative morgne) "morning, forenoon, sunrise," from Proto-Germanic *murgana- "morning" (cf. Old Saxon morgan, Old Frisian morgen, Middle Dutch morghen, Dutch morgen, Old High German morgan, German Morgen, Gothic maurgins), from PIE *merk-, perhaps from root *mer- "to blink, twinkle" (cf. Lithuanian mirgeti "to blink").

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