Adjective "dawn" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


The first appearance of light in the sky before sunrise.
  1. 'The rundown colonial port buildings house tailors, coppersmiths and fishermen, who rise with the dawn and retire with the sun, for there's little electricity here.'
  2. 'All observations of mating behavior commenced at the beginning of this dawn period.'
  3. 'She pushed the horse faster, but didn't sit up until the first light of dawn rose over the horizon.'
  4. 'The others and I would waddle into the mines before sunrise, never seeing the first lights of dawn.'
  5. 'I watched with dry, weary eyes as the pale light of dawn overwhelmed the amber glow of the Parisian night sky.'
  6. 'She slept soundly that day, and into the night, and did not rise until the next dawn.'
  7. 'She rushed the hair out of her face with a shaky hand, glancing around nervously in the pale gray light of dawn.'
  8. 'Because visual signals are difficult to perceive at dawn, it might be expected that females use vocal cues to signal their intentions.'
  9. 'When dawn rose they hunted the plentiful game and feasted on many goats, gazing at the smoke of the Cyclops.'
  10. 'She woke up at the first light of the dawn and crept out to the study.'
The beginning of a phenomenon or period of time, especially one considered favourable.
  1. 'Information has occupied an important role in all societies since the dawn of civilization.'
  2. 'Fight bravely and a new dawn will rise in this land.'
  3. 'It's a new dawn in Carolina, although that could mean a period of adjustment.'
  4. 'The beginning of the 21st century is also the dawn of the first global society of states.'
  5. 'Historically, this period is the dawn of economic modernism and social modernity, especially in the hinterlands.'
  6. 'It will take a lot of effort but it will be the beginning of a new dawn for the whole Middle East.'
  7. 'The world has been going through a tumultuous period since the dawn of the 1990s, with no sign of relief in sight.'
  8. 'From the dawn of human civilization, super-powers have had to do all sorts of dirty things.'
  9. 'The industrial revolution arrived in Japan with the new dawn of the Meiji period.'
  10. 'That revolutionary dawn proved less than auspicious after many Frenchmen died under the blade of the guillotine.'


(of a day) begin.
  1. 'The day had dawned bright and cheery, and even now, a summer sun warmed up the blue sky.'
  2. 'The second day dawned bright and hot, and would continue to get hotter, with a nice breeze at times.'
  3. 'Wedding day dawned dull and gray, but by 3 pm was bright and sunny.'
  4. 'The day had dawned bright and hot by the time Caroline's mother left.'
  5. 'The next day dawned bright, and Karya woke with the first kiss of sunbeams on her face.'
  6. 'Sure enough, the next day dawned bright and sunny, and everything that had been shrouded in darkness was revealed in all its glory.'
  7. 'The next day dawned bright, but by evening clouds had settled in.'
  8. 'I kept the doors and windows closed even after day had dawned.'
  9. 'The day dawned bright and sunny and the event was well attended by family, friends, local dignitaries and sponsors.'
  10. 'The next day dawned bright and clear, and Anne woke to a steaming breakfast.'
  11. 'a new age was dawning in the Tory party'
  12. 'Well, let's hope that a new day is dawning in this country.'
  13. 'Well a new age has dawned, and with it, brings a new of age rogues.'
  14. 'A new age has dawned, and the Holy Spirit has been poured out in a new way.'
  15. 'To be sure the threat to the Pattern has existed for the past couple of years, but I never thought the day would dawn when the outgoing committee was left with no alternative but to call it a day.'
  16. 'Soon, Iridia knew war was unavoidable, and that a new Age had dawned.'
  17. 'They say that a new age is dawning upon the city, and that I am the engineer behind it all.'
  18. 'Intellectuals, and even Christians, hail a new age as if it had really dawned universally.'
  19. 'From the darkness that is Enron, I see a new day dawning in energy in America.'
  20. 'However, you get a real sense that the best days are now dawning for the Institute and - as a result - for the region that it is such a key part of.'
  21. 'Those farmers left and abandoned their turf banks so that prosperity and a new age would dawn for the province.'
Become evident to the mind; be perceived or understood.
  1. 'Alucius was silent, watching the realization of what must have happened dawn on the boy.'
  2. 'The housemother looked blank for a moment, but then the wisdom of Mma Potokwani's suggestion dawned upon her and she smiled broadly.'
  3. 'I notice the realization starting to dawn on the other two.'
  4. 'Then it dawns on her he is suggesting that they should go and inspect a studio apartment he has found.'
  5. 'It suddenly dawned on Juktis that over the centuries of her existence, the religion of her people may have been lost in the passage of time.'
  6. 'It took about three seconds for understanding to dawn on him.'
  7. 'When did it dawn on you that this was a problem that needed to be tackled?'
  8. 'Tan stared blankly for a moment, realization slowly dawning upon his weary mind.'
  9. 'It would eventually dawn on the excited passengers that they weren't on the road to Banna - they would soon find themselves in the bog.'
  10. 'Realization seemed to dawn on Kaya's face after that sentence.'

More definitions

1. the first appearance of daylight in the morning: Dawn broke over the valley.

2. the beginning or rise of anything; advent: the dawn of civilization. verb (used without object)

3. to begin to grow light in the morning: The day dawned with a cloudless sky.

4. to begin to open or develop.

5. to begin to be perceived (usually followed by on): The idea dawned on him.

More examples(as adjective)

"raids can be dawn."


Late 15th century (as a verb): back-formation from Middle English dawning.