Definitions

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

  • n. The time just before dawn.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Period before the rising of the sun.

Etymologies

pre- + dawn (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Now days when I put on the muffs in predawn darkness suddenly can hear crickets chirp and distant turkeys gobble.

    A Savage Attack on Scopes

  • To avoid this, the crew works in predawn darkness, hoping their work survives until the "circus" arrives.

    USATODAY.com - Tour cast moves its town along in stages

  • A Libyan government spokesman called the predawn attack with at least two guided bombs a futile attempt on Col.

    NATO Strikes Gadhafi Compound

  • A Libyan government spokesman called the predawn attack by at least two guided bombs a futile attempt on Col.

    Rebel Gains Fail to End Siege of Libyan City

  • Even though I attended UNC-Chapel Hill I rarely missed the all-night "predawn" concerts in A&T's Moore Gymnasium.

    News & Record Article Feed

  • In the predawn strike on the Galaxy Sky compound in Paktia province, the Taliban killed security guards, engineers and laborers, said provincial government spokesman Rohullah Samon.

    Taliban Attack Contractor Compound, Killing 35 Afghans

  • In the early predawn hours of Saturday morning, Tomioka authorities decided to evacuate the shelter where Mr. Hayashi had been working and send the refugees to a shelter in Kawauchi, further inland.

    'I Don't Know Where My Family Is'

  • Approximately half the hostages were slain during the predawn hours, while the remaining half were released after being beaten and tortured.

    A Covert Affair

  • Huddled on a barge and shivering in the predawn December fog, the dignitaries watched as the cage doors were opened and the animals, which had been dipped in phosphorous to make them easier to track, were dropped into the water.

    A Covert Affair

  • I stepped out into the predawn and took the dogs for a walk through the fragrant morning mist.

    Fire The Sky

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