What does dawn mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dawn, dawning, morning, aurora, first light, daybreak, break of day, break of the day, dayspring, sunrise, sunup, cockcrownoun

    the first light of day

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

  2. dawn, morningnoun

    the earliest period

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

  3. dawnverb

    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 placeverb

    become clear or enter one's consciousness or emotions

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

  5. dawnverb

    appear or develop

    "The age of computers had dawned"

  6. dawnverb

    become light

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


  1. dawnnoun

    The morning twilight period immediately before sunrise.

    Etymology: Ultimately related to dagaz, ‘day’.

  2. dawnnoun

    The rising of the sun.

    Etymology: Ultimately related to dagaz, ‘day’.

  3. dawnnoun

    The time when the sun rises.

    She rose before dawn to meet the train.

    Etymology: Ultimately related to dagaz, ‘day’.

  4. dawnnoun

    The beginning.

    The dawn of civilisation.

    Etymology: Ultimately related to dagaz, ‘day’.

  5. dawnverb

    To begin to brighten with daylight.

    Before a new day dawns.

    Etymology: Ultimately related to dagaz, ‘day’.

  6. dawnverb

    To start to appear or be realized.

    I don't want to be there when the truth dawns.

    Etymology: Ultimately related to dagaz, ‘day’.

  7. Dawnnoun

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

    Etymology: Ultimately related to dagaz, ‘day’.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dawnverb

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

    Etymology: [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.]

  2. Dawnverb

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

    Etymology: [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.]

  3. Dawnnoun

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

    Etymology: [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.]

  4. Dawnnoun

    first opening or expansion; first appearance; beginning; rise

    Etymology: [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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    Rank popularity for the word 'dawn' in Nouns Frequency: #2334

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  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

Examples of dawn in a Sentence

  1. Unknown:

    It is the darkest hour before dawn.

  2. Narendra Modi:

    We will look back at the journey and effort with great satisfaction, the learnings from today will make us stronger and better. There will be a new dawn and a brighter tomorrow very soon.

  3. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Oh how smoothly, how swiftly and horribly, how cruelly and thoroughly, one discovers the powers and prowess of Maya, the Supreme power of Illusions! With a simple sleight of her hand, léger de main, everything changes in a moment; electrically charged, awesome and exciting years of life shrink to moments - just to realize that all that fascinating reality had been a dream. Perhaps all that had happened previously had been a continuous sequence of beautiful images that one would admire and fall in love with, and to realize that it’s all the game of dreams, illusions and Maya. The reality also strikes, at the same moment, that everything one would still experience in the future, would see with one’s eyes and feel with one’s hands, up to the moment of one’s death — that everything is not going to be any different in substance, or any different in kind. Why would it be? It’s always all a game, all foam and all dreams. It’s Maya, the whole lovely and frightful, delicious and desperate kaleidoscope of life with its searing delights, intertwined with its searing sorrows, the amazing show that has been ongoing since the dawn of Universe.

  4. Deborah Moore:

    Roger Moore favorite thing to do with us when we were young was to take us swimming, especially when we went out to Italy, where my mother was from, it was right by the sea, so every morning we ’d get up at the crack of dawn together and go out for a swim. It was wonderful.

  5. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Today is a new day. It's about to dawn and unfold the yet unknown. Yesterday is history today, and Tomorrow will remain only an illusion. So look forward to Today that has the tremendous power. It is presented to you by the Supreme Power - the reason we call it "Present". Cheers!

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  • 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
  • breacadh an laeIrish
  • 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
  • ಮುಂಜಾನೆKannada
  • 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
  • விடியல்Tamil
  • తెల్లారుTelugu
  • รุ่งอรุณThai
  • şafak, Şafak vaktiTurkish
  • зоря, світанокUkrainian
  • rạng đông, buổi sớm tinh mơ, bình minhVietnamese
  • gödalulitVolapük
  • פֿאַרטאָג, פאַרטאָגYiddish
  • 黎明Chinese

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    To cause to become
    • A. render
    • B. denudate
    • C. scarper
    • D. efface

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