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

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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