day·break | \-ˌbrāk \

Definition of daybreak 

: dawn

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Synonyms & Antonyms for daybreak


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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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 Yemeni troops, trained and financed by the United Arab Emirates, led the ground offensive on Wednesday, beginning around daybreak on the southern edge of the city. Margaret Coker, New York Times, "Humanitarian Crisis Worsens in Yemen After Attack on Port," 13 June 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 But a cold front bringing winds of 10-20 mph will cross the Red River around midnight Thursday and make its way into Tarrant County by around daybreak on Friday. Stephen English, star-telegram, "Another round of crazy weather is headed for the Fort Worth area," 13 Feb. 2018 The peacocks likely went to roost for the night, and the search was halted until daybreak Thursday. Fox News, "1 of 4 peacocks that roamed from Philadelphia Zoo found dead," 1 June 2018 Prosecutors on Thursday dropped charges against Daniels, who was released on $6,000 bail around daybreak Thursday. Elizabeth Chuck /, NBC News, "Stormy Daniels dances at another Ohio club night after arrest," 13 July 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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