day·​break | \-ˌbrāk \

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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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 Come daybreak, Delta abruptly discontinued the discounts and asked the NRA to take the airline’s name off its website. Avi Selk,, "NRA responds to boycott movement after United and Delta cut ties," 24 Feb. 2018 She was released on $6,000 bail around daybreak Thursday. Andrew Welsh-hugging,, "Stormy Daniels arrested: Officers' motivations to be reviewed," 13 July 2018 McDowell County Emergency Services director William Kehler told NBC News the evacuations would continue until the dam was inspected further after daybreak. NBC News, "Landslide near North Carolina's Lake Tahoma dam sparks evacuations," 30 May 2018 Middle Eastern family sharing and eating dates together Photo: istock/getty images The Ramadan fast—which requires total abstention from water and food—lasts from daybreak until sundown. Sabeeha Rehman, WSJ, "How America Makes Ramadan Easier," 31 May 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


day·​break | \ˈdā-ˌbrāk \

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the figure or shape of a crescent moon

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