Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The first or early part of the day, lasting from midnight to noon or from sunrise to noon.
  • noun The dawn.
  • noun The first or early part; the beginning.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The first part of the day, strictly from midnight to noon.
  • noun Figuratively, the first or early part.
  • noun A morning dram or draught.
  • noun A slight repast taken at rising, some time before what is called breakfast.
  • Pertaining to the first or early part of the day; being in the early part of the day, or before dinner: as, a morning concert.
  • Existing, taking place, or seen in the morning: as, morning dew; morning light; morning service: often used figuratively.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Pertaining to the first part or early part of the day; being in the early part of the day
  • adjective a gown worn in the morning before one is dressed for the day.
  • adjective a gun fired at the first stroke of reveille at military posts.
  • adjective (Med.) nausea and vomiting, usually occurring in the morning; -- a common sign of pregnancy.
  • adjective A weapon consisting of a heavy ball set with spikes, either attached to a staff or suspended from one by a chain.
  • adjective (Naut.) the watch between four a. m. and eight a. m..
  • noun The first or early part of the day, variously understood as the earliest hours of light, the time near sunrise; the time from midnight to noon, from rising to noon, etc.
  • noun The first or early part.
  • noun Poetic The goddess Aurora.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The part of the day from dawn to midday.
  • noun The part of the day after midnight and before midday: one o'clock in the morning = 0100 or 1 a.m.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the first light of day
  • noun a conventional expression of greeting or farewell
  • noun the time period between dawn and noon
  • noun the earliest period

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from morn, morn; see morn.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English morwening, equivalent to morn +‎ -ing. See also morrow, Middle English morwe.

Examples

  • When seen in the morning it is called the Fetu ao, or _morning star_, and is said to have

    Samoa, A Hundred Years Ago And Long Before

  • Beautiful morning, my lord — ’morning, Mr. Cobling — I see you’ve made each other’s acquaintance already.”

    Unnatural Death

  • Every sweet summer morning Alice would jump out of bed, and her mother would throw the window open, letting in the delicious perfume from the strawberry bed next door, and the joyous _morning hymns_ of the little birds, and then, if Lillie had come all at once, 'midst the songs of the birds, a small clear musical voice would be heard, singing (for she made a little song of it) -- "Al -- _lie_!

    Baby Nightcaps

  • You might also keep this in mind: One researcher has said that the term morning sickness should really be changed to wellness insurance; pregnancy nausea may be linked to better birth weights for babies.

    The Official Lamaze® Guide

  • The word morning becomes his mantra; that one word helps crowd out the more desperate, flickering thoughts of how easy it would be to just close his eyes and let go.

    OVERBOARD !

  • The word morning becomes his mantra; that one word helps crowd out the more desperate, flickering thoughts of how easy it would be to just close his eyes and let go.

    OVERBOARD !

  • Saying that, you do stand a better chance of landing a lunker bass in “mid-day” hours but fishing in the morning is almost certain to be action packed …

    Is This The New World-Record Largemouth?

  • The only negative to report this morning is they only showed the trailer once to a crowd that showed up an hour early.

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  • For many people the morning is the most productive time.

    Home Living

  • Saying that, you do stand a better chance of landing a lunker bass in “mid-day” hours but fishing in the morning is almost certain to be action packed …

    Is This The New World-Record Largemouth?

Comments

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  • In the morning, very early,

    That's the time I love to go

    Barefoot where the fern grows curly

    And grass is cool between each toe,

    On a summer morning-O!

    On a summer morning!

    - Rachel Field, 'Barefoot Days'.

    November 12, 2008