predawn

adjective
pre·​dawn | \ ˌprē-ˈdȯn How to pronounce predawn (audio) , -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

First Known Use of predawn

1883, in the meaning defined above

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“Predawn.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/predawn. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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