day·​break ˈdā-ˌbrāk How to pronounce daybreak (audio)
: dawn

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 Langley is part of the setup team that decides on the precise Los Angeles Country Club hole locations each day, then at daybreak moves from hole to hole, setting those pins. Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times, 15 June 2023 Finally, at daybreak, came the sound of approaching aircraft. Brian Murphy, Washington Post, 26 Jan. 2024 Southeast winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph are expected with the strongest winds occurring late Tuesday evening through daybreak Wednesday, according to the NWS. Justin Muszynski, Hartford Courant, 8 Jan. 2024 At daybreak, the cranks pull the ring back up to the surface to soak up sunlight and carbon dioxide. IEEE Spectrum, 21 Dec. 2023 In humans, as in many other animals, sophisticated biological timepieces called circadian clocks sync the body’s rhythms to the beats of daybreak and nightfall. Elise Cutts, Quanta Magazine, 19 Dec. 2023 Their cabin is filled with women opening presents around the tree; Lil Tjay and Fivio Foreign have on their best holiday pajamas; and when daybreak comes, everyone is ready to hit the slopes. Larisha Paul, Rolling Stone, 18 Dec. 2023 The arrived at their spot before daybreak and stayed for most of the day, deep-dropping their baits over 1,000 feet to the ocean floor. Dac Collins, Outdoor Life, 22 Nov. 2023 The atmosphere probably had something to do with the shared commitment to arrival before daybreak—and, as the trial went on, the relieved fixation with a headline story that wasn’t a cause for widespread fracture and despair. Gideon Lewis-Kraus, The New Yorker, 3 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1530, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of daybreak was in 1530

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“Daybreak.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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