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[pree-dawn, pree-] /priˈdɔn, ˈpri-/
the period immediately preceding dawn.
noting the time immediately prior to dawn.
Origin of predawn
1945-50; pre- + dawn Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • In the faint predawn light, fallen leaves crunched underfoot.
  • Several hours later, jet lag proved no match for religious authority as a muezzin's predawn chant led the call to prayer.
  • Because it was so early, light coming out of the cave was an incredibly rich, predawn blue.
  • The only sound is the drip of predawn rain from nearby branches and from the farmhouse's roof of thick thatch.
  • Something seems not quite right about the half-dozen guys creeping onto the ridge in the predawn light.
  • We all looked off into the vast barley field on our right, still colorless in the predawn gloom.

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