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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. the first appearance of daylight in the morning; daybreak; sunrise.

  2. the beginning or rise of anything; advent:

    the dawn of civilization.

  3. (v.i.)to begin to grow light in the morning:

    The day dawned cloudless.

  4. to begin to open or develop.

  5. to begin to be perceived (usu. fol. by on):

    The idea suddenly dawned on her.

Origin of dawn:

bef. 1150; OE dagian, der. of dægday

Princeton's WordNet

  1. dawn, dawning, morning, aurora, first light, daybreak, break of day, break of the day, dayspring, sunrise, sunup, cockcrow(noun)

    the first light of day

    "we got up before dawn"; "they talked until morning"

  2. dawn, morning(noun)

    the earliest period

    "the dawn of civilization"; "the morning of the world"

  3. dawn(verb)

    an opening time period

    "it was the dawn of the Roman Empire"

  4. click, get through, dawn, come home, get across, sink in, penetrate, fall into place(verb)

    become clear or enter one's consciousness or emotions

    "It dawned on him that she had betrayed him"; "she was penetrated with sorrow"

  5. dawn(verb)

    appear or develop

    "The age of computers had dawned"

  6. dawn(verb)

    become light

    "It started to dawn, and we had to get up"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. dawn(noun)ɔn

    the time when the sun rises

    The boys woke up at dawn.

  2. dawnɔn

    very early in the day

    We left at the crack of dawn.


  1. dawn(Noun)

    The morning twilight period immediately before sunrise.

  2. dawn(Noun)

    The rising of the sun.

  3. dawn(Noun)

    The time when the sun rises.

    She rose before dawn to meet the train.

  4. dawn(Noun)

    The beginning.

    The dawn of civilisation.

  5. dawn(Verb)

    To begin to brighten with daylight.

    Before a new day dawns.

  6. dawn(Verb)

    To start to appear or be realized.

    I donu2019t want to be there when the truth dawns.

  7. Dawn(ProperNoun)

    sometimes given to a girl born at that time of day.

  8. Origin: Ultimately related to dagaz, ‘day’.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dawn(verb)

    to begin to grow light in the morning; to grow light; to break, or begin to appear; as, the day dawns; the morning dawns

  2. Dawn(verb)

    to began to give promise; to begin to appear or to expand

  3. Dawn(noun)

    the break of day; the first appearance of light in the morning; show of approaching sunrise

  4. Dawn(noun)

    first opening or expansion; first appearance; beginning; rise


  1. Dawn

    Dawn is the time that marks the beginning of the twilight before sunrise. It is recognized by the presence of weak sunlight, while the Sun itself is still below the horizon. Dawn should not be confused with sunrise, which is the moment when the leading edge of the Sun itself appears above the horizon. The duration of the twilight period between dawn and sunrise varies greatly depending on the observer's latitude, from a little over twenty minutes in equatorial regions, to many hours in polar regions, to several weeks at the poles.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. dawn

    1. The beginning of a daily instalment in a serial story that will never end. 2. That mystical hour wherein Dives goes belching into dreamland and Lazarus comes out yawning carrying a dinner-pail.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'DAWN' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3321

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'DAWN' in Nouns Frequency: #2334

Anagrams of DAWN

  1. wand

Translations for DAWN

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the very beginning of a day; very early morning

We must get up at dawn.

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