Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

dawn

 - definition
 
 
Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary entries. Click on the T button in an entry to review the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
noun [countable/uncountable] dawn pronunciation in American English /dɔn/ 
Word Forms
Close
singulardawn
pluraldawns
  1. the beginning of the day, when it begins to get light

    I don't think he went to sleep until dawn.

    at dawn:

    They had decided to leave at dawn.

    dawn breaks (=starts):

    As dawn broke, lines of people began to form at all the border crossings.

    from dawn till dusk (=all day):

    He had worked from dawn till dusk without a break.

phrase

solutionism

the belief that every problem has a solution based in technology

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

chicken raffle

any random process, such as a competition in which a name is drawn from a hat

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog