daybreak

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

Definition of daybreak

: dawn

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Examples of daybreak in a Sentence

I always seem to wake up at daybreak, regardless of what the clock says.
Recent Examples on the Web Dolphins live in the ocean, marshes, rivers, and estuaries and are most active at daybreak. Sucheta Rawal, Travel + Leisure, "The Best Places to Spot Wildlife in South Carolina," 26 Feb. 2021 In that video is the scene of Grigsby at the lighthouse at daybreak, alone and singing about his own resilience. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "‘Give yourself permission to be great’," 17 Feb. 2021 The race for the COVID-19 vaccine came to Texas Motor Speedway at daybreak Tuesday as thousands of people lined up to get shots. Dallas News, "Thousands get their COVID-19 shots as Texas Motor Speedway vaccine hub opens with 10,000 doses," 2 Feb. 2021 Then, as temperatures begin to warm slightly around daybreak, the precipitation likely will turn to rain. Katherine Rosenberg-douglas, chicagotribune.com, "Snow and ice to arrive by evening commute as season’s first major winter storm hits Chicago area," 29 Dec. 2020 Primos, which for decades has made calling easy, created the Foggy Bottom Snuff Tube turkey call specifically for gobbler hunters that can't sing a turkey siren song at daybreak. Will Brantley, Field & Stream, "The 2020 Turkey Hunter’s Holiday Gift Guide," 24 Nov. 2020 Arson investigators determined the fire, which erupted two hours before daybreak on July 20, 2018, was deliberately set. Peggy O’hare, ExpressNews.com, "Medina County man, and a mysterious John Doe, are roped into San Marcos fire lawsuits," 19 Nov. 2020 Mostly clear skies do little to hold in any warmth, with lows dipping to the upper 30s and low 40s before daybreak. Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Milder today with gusty late-day showers and storms, then seasonably cool through midweek," 15 Nov. 2020 The lockdown will start at daybreak Saturday and last until the end of the month. Fox News, "Coronavirus lockdown in Greece requires people to text authorities before leaving home," 8 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of daybreak

1530, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of daybreak was in 1530

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2 Mar 2021

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“Daybreak.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/daybreak. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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daybreak

noun

English Language Learners Definition of daybreak

: the time of day when sunlight first begins to appear

daybreak

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

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