- the first appearance of daylight in the morning: Dawn broke over the valley.
- the beginning or rise of anything; advent: the dawn of civilization.
verb (used without object)
- to begin to grow light in the morning: The day dawned with a cloudless sky.
- to begin to open or develop.
- to begin to be perceived (usually followed by on): The idea dawned on him.
- daybreak; sunriseRelated adjective: auroral
- the sky when light first appears in the morning
- the beginning of something
- to begin to grow light after the night
- to begin to develop, appear, or expand
- (usually foll by on or upon) to begin to become apparent (to)
1590s, from dawn (v.).
c.1200, dauen, “to dawn, grow light,” shortened or back-formed from dauinge, dauing “period between darkness and sunrise,” (c.1200), from Old English dagung, from dagian “to become day,” from root of dæg “day” (see day). Probably influenced by a Scandinavian word (cf. Danish dagning, Old Norse dagan “a dawning;” cf. also German tagen “to dawn”). Related: Dawned; dawning.
In addition to the idiom beginning with dawn
- dawn on
- crack of dawn
- light dawned