Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “dawn”

See all translations

dawn

noun [C or U] uk   /dɔːn/ us    /dɑːn/
B2 the period in the day when light from the sun begins to appear in the sky: We woke at dawn. We left as dawn was breaking (= starting). We left at the break of dawn.the dawn of sth C1 literary the start of a period of time or the beginning of something new: The fall of the Berlin Wall marked the dawn of a new era in European history.from dawn to dusk from early morning until night: We worked from dawn to dusk, seven days a week.
More examples

dawn

verb [I] uk   /dɔːn/ us    /dɑːn/

dawn verb [I] (BEGIN)

If a day or period of time dawns, it begins: He left the house just as the day was dawning. In the late 1970s, the personal computer era was dawning.

dawn verb [I] (BECOME KNOWN)

mainly UK to become known or obvious: Gradually the truth about him dawned. [+ that] It eventually dawned that he wouldn't be coming back.
dawning
noun [S]
the dawning of the digital age
Phrasal verbs
Translations of “dawn”
in Korean 새벽…
in Arabic فَجْر…
in French poindre…
in Turkish şafak vakti, seher vakti…
in Italian alba…
in Chinese (Traditional) 拂曉,破曉,黎明…
in Russian рассвет…
in Polish świt…
in Spanish amanecer…
in Portuguese amanhecer…
in German dämmern…
in Catalan alba…
in Japanese 夜明け…
in Chinese (Simplified) 拂晓,破晓,黎明…
(Definition of dawn from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of dawn?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “dawn” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

be in/out of luck

to be able/unable to have or do what you want

Word of the Day

A certain je ne sais quoi: French words and phrases used in English

by Liz Walter,
January 21, 2015
It is an odd irony that the more sophisticated your use of English is, the more likely you are to use French words and phrases. Or, to be more accurate, ones you know to be French – words such as ballet, au pair, abattoir, fiancé, café, and restaurant are so entrenched in

Read More 

micro pig noun

January 26, 2015
an extremely small pig, bred to be a pet Micro pigs have become popular pets recently, with famous owners including Victoria Beckham, Paris Hilton and Olympic diver, Tom Daley.

Read More