predawn

adjective
pre·dawn | \ ˌprē-ˈdȯn , -ˈdän \
variants: or less commonly pre-dawn

Definition of predawn 

: existing or occurring before dawn a predawn attack the predawn hours … the gigantic telescope started scanning the predawn sky. —Howard Blum

Other words from predawn

predawn or less commonly pre-dawn noun plural predawns also pre-dawns
The most bone-chilling predawns create the sharpest sunrises. —Christine Schultz … stepping out into the quiet pre-dawn, closing the door. —Bryan Burrough

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1883, in the meaning defined above

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