from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The time each morning at which daylight first begins.
- n. A first appearance; a beginning: the dawn of history. See Synonyms at beginning.
- intransitive v. To begin to become light in the morning.
- intransitive v. To begin to appear or develop; emerge.
- intransitive v. To begin to be perceived or understood: Realization of the danger soon dawned on us.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To begin to brighten with daylight.
- v. To start to appear or be realized.
- n. The morning twilight period immediately before sunrise.
- n. The rising of the sun.
- n. The time when the sun rises.
- n. The beginning.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To begin to grow light in the morning; to grow light; to break, or begin to appear
- intransitive v. To began to give promise; to begin to appear or to expand.
- n. The break of day; the first appearance of light in the morning; show of approaching sunrise.
- n. First opening or expansion; first appearance; beginning; rise.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To become day; begin to grow light in the morning; grow light: as, the morning dawns.
- To begin to open or expand; begin to show intellectual light or power: as, his genius dawned.
- To begin to become visible in consequence of an increase of light or enlightenment, literally or figuratively; begin to open or appear: as, the truth dawns upon him.
- n. The first appearance of daylight in the morning.
- n. First opening or expansion; beginning; rise; first appearance: as, the dawn of intellect; the dawn of a new era.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the first light of day
- v. appear or develop
- n. the earliest period
- n. an opening time period
- v. become light
- v. become clear or enter one's consciousness or emotions
From 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.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Back-formation from dawning. Ultimately related to Proto-Germanic *dagaz, ‘day’. (Wiktionary)