day·​break | \ ˈdā-ˌbrāk How to pronounce daybreak (audio) \

Definition of daybreak

: dawn

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Synonyms & Antonyms for daybreak


aurora, cockcrow, dawn, dawning, day, daylight, light, morn, morning, sun, sunrise, sunup


nightfall, sundown, sunset

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Examples of daybreak in a Sentence

I always seem to wake up at daybreak, regardless of what the clock says.

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Like actual sunrise alarm clocks on the market, this feature gradually mimics daybreak, going from black to crimson to burnt orange to peach to yellow, all in the 15 minutes before your alarm's set to go off. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "Google's New Sunrise Alarm Lets You Wake Up Naturally, Before The Buzzer," 2 Nov. 2018 Magic Words: Nocturnal knowings lead to daybreak awakenings. Bess Matassa, Teen Vogue, "Weekly Horoscopes October 29-November 4," 28 Oct. 2018 Surface plugs work well near bait pods at daybreak for trout and reds. Mark Blythe,, "Central Florida fishing forecast: July 16," 15 July 2018 The depiction of daybreak in the pages corresponding to the opening of Suite No. 2 was delicately atmospheric, Stefan Ragnar Hoskuldsson’s flute solo cool and sinuous, and the final bacchanale rousing. John Von Rhein,, "CSO delivers a winning Ravel program under debut conductor Pintscher," 6 Apr. 2018 Around fifty search and rescue members and three K-9 teams resumed their search at daybreak Sunday, said Snohomish County sheriff Lt. Asia Fields, The Seattle Times, "Search continues for missing Seattle hiker; dogs, helicopters and searchers have failed to locate woman," 5 Aug. 2018 Someone was always abandoned — on a subway platform, in a bed at daybreak, outside a friend’s wedding. Shelly Oria, Longreads, "How to Be Single," 2 July 2018 The clock tower at the Trump International Hotel is photographed at daybreak in Washington, Friday, March 9, 2018. Washington Post, "Time’s really flying this weekend across most of the US," 10 Mar. 2018 Come daybreak, Delta abruptly discontinued the discounts and asked the NRA to take the airline's name off its website. Lindsey Bever, Fred Barbash And Avi Selk, Houston Chronicle, "NRA responds to boycott movement after United and Delta cut ties," 24 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of daybreak

1530, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of daybreak

: the time of day when sunlight first begins to appear


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