What does dawn mean?

Definitions for dawndɔn

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word dawn.

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"


  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

  5. Origin: [OE. dawnen, dawen, dagen, daien, AS. dagian to become day, to dawn, fr. dg day; akin to D. dagen, G. tagen, Icel. daga, Dan. dages, Sw. dagas. See Day. 71.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dawn

    dawn, v.i. to become day: to begin to grow light: to begin to appear.—n. daybreak: beginning.—Also Dawn′ing. [A.S. dagian, to dawn, dæg, day.]

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.

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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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dawn in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dawn in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Victor Hugo:

    When grace is joined with wrinkles, it is adorable. There is an unspeakable dawn in happy old age.

  2. Das Gracas:

    I kept watch on their houses and then after a while went there at dawn, waited for my chance and entered.

  3. Rudyard Kipling:

    On the road to Mandalay Where the flyin' fishes play, An' the dawn comes up like thunder outer China 'crost the bay.

  4. Dwight D Eisenhower:

    Though force can protect in emergency, only justice, fairness, consideration and co-operation can finally lead men to the dawn of eternal peace.

  5. Costas Panagopoulos:

    There remains a belief among a big part of Greek society that the entire political system needs a good kicking and many believe Golden Dawn is the way to deliver Golden Dawn.

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From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • sonopAfrikaans
  • فجر, الفجرArabic
  • разсъмване, съмва се, появявам се, зазорява се, зори, зора, изгрявамBulgarian
  • néixer, albada, aurora, albors, clarejar, albaCatalan, Valencian
  • zora, úsvit, východ, svítáníCzech
  • gwawrio, sylweddoli, gwawrWelsh
  • daggry, solopgangDanish
  • Dämmerung, Morgendämmerung, Tagesanbruch, MorgengrauenGerman
  • fɔŋliEwe
  • χαράζω, αυγή, ανατολή, ξημερώνωGreek
  • tagiĝoEsperanto
  • amanecer, aurora, alba, madrugadaSpanish
  • سپیده دمPersian
  • aamunkoitto, aamuhämärä, valjeta, auringonnousu, paljastua, sarastaaFinnish
  • aube, se lever, aurore, lever du soleil, naîtreFrench
  • briseadh-latha, èirigh na grèine, beul an latha, mochthrathScottish Gaelic
  • שחרHebrew
  • भौर, उषा, प्रभात, भोरHindi
  • hajnal, virradat, virrad, dereng, pirkadat, hajnalodikHungarian
  • այգ, լուսաբաց, այգաբաց, արշալույսArmenian
  • FajarIndonesian
  • birta af degi, dögun, sólris, afturelding, dagrenning, sólarupprás, morgunsár, daga, sólaruppkomaIcelandic
  • schiudersi, albori, aurora, alba, spuntareItalian
  • שַׁחַרHebrew
  • 夜明け, 曙, あかつきJapanese
  • განთიადი, გარიჟრაჟი, აისიGeorgian
  • 새벽, 해돋이, 밝혀지다, 밝다Korean
  • شه‌به‌ق, به‌ره‌به‌یان, ده‌رکه‌وتن, شه‌به‌قدانKurdish
  • initium, dilucesco, aurora, luciscere, lucescoLatin
  • изгрев, се разденува, зора, се разјаснува, мугра, зазорува, изгрејсонцеMacedonian
  • subuhMalay
  • tbexbix, żerniqMaltese
  • dageraad, zonsopgang, rijzen, dagen, opgang, ochtendschemeringDutch
  • soloppgang, daggryNorwegian
  • hayííłką́Navajo, Navaho
  • ӕхси́дOssetian, Ossetic
  • świtać, brzask, zaranie, świtPolish
  • aurora, alvorada, aparecer, alvorecer, nascer, amanhecer, começoPortuguese
  • paqariy, paqar, achikyayQuechua
  • alvaRomansh
  • auroră, răsărit, alba, zori, zori de ziRomanian
  • восход солнца, осенять, рассвет, рассветать, заря, восход, озарять, наступатьRussian
  • òsvit, zora, svanúće, zasvanuti, sinuće, nastupiti, svȉtānje, svanuti, rasvet, зора, usvanuti, rasvetliti, prȁskozōrje, razdan, svitak, праскозорје, osanjiti, sinutiSerbo-Croatian
  • zora, razkriti, danitiSlovene
  • agimiAlbanian
  • gryning, soluppgång, dagas, gå upp för, grySwedish
  • తెల్లారుTelugu
  • şafak, Şafak vaktiTurkish
  • зоря, світанокUkrainian
  • rạng đông, buổi sớm tinh mơ, bình minhVietnamese
  • gödalulitVolapük
  • פֿאַרטאָג, פאַרטאָגYiddish

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