- Dawn is defined as the first light of a new day or the beginning of something.
- An example of dawn is around 6am in September in California.
- An example of dawn is the beginning of the Computer Age.
- The definition of dawn is to begin to be understood, daylight or to appear.
- An example of dawn is finally getting what someone is talking about.
- An example of dawn is the sun appearing on the horizon.
Dawn over the ocean.
- to begin to be day; grow light
- to begin to appear or develop; come forth
- to begin to be understood or felt: usually with on or upon: the meaning suddenly dawned on me
Origin of dawnMiddle English daunen, back-formation ; from dauninge, earlier dauinge, daybreak, probably altered (infl. by Old Norse dagan, dawn) ; from Old English dagung ; from dagian, to become day ; from dæg, day
- the beginning of daylight in the morning; daybreak
- the beginning (of something): the dawn of the Space Age
Origin of Dawnsee dawn
- The time each morning at which daylight first begins.
- A first appearance; a beginning: the dawn of history. See Synonyms at beginning.
intransitive verbdawned, dawn·ing, dawns
- To begin to become light in the morning.
- To begin to appear or develop; emerge.
- To begin to be perceived or understood: Realization of the danger soon dawned on us.
Origin of dawnFrom Middle English daunen, to dawn, probably a back-formation from dauning, daybreak, alteration of dauing, from Old English dagung, from dagian, to dawn; see agh- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present dawns, present participle dawning, simple past and past participle dawned)
(countable and uncountable, plural dawns)
Back-formation from dawning. Ultimately related to Proto-Germanic *dagaz, ‘day’.
- A female given name sometimes given to a girl born at that time of day.