Definition of dawning in English:



  • 1literary Dawn.

    • ‘The fact that he has seen the dawning of the sun in the morning means that the almighty power of God is already protecting him.’
    • ‘Then the frame of the film widens on the dawning of a new day.’
    • ‘The deepest part of the night now over and heading on to a new dawning, a new dawning unlike any other that they had ever experienced.’
    • ‘Previously a thawing-out period, a prelude to the liquid lunch and brief afternoon of work en route to early doors drinking, the dawning of the new day now signals blessed relief and the opportunity of escape from his bed.’
    • ‘Hiroshi often said that the dawning of a new day meant a chance to start all over again.’
    • ‘The dawning sun was just starting to peek over the inactive volcano that laid among the many mountains bordering the valley town.’
    daybreak, break of day, crack of dawn, sunrise, first light, daylight, first thing in the morning, early morning, cockcrow
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  • 2The beginning or first appearance of something.

    ‘the dawnings of civilization’
    • ‘Her name, her face, her background, the current musical climate - all point to the dawning of a new diva.’
    • ‘From the dawning of the Christian Church, music has been used to enhance and enrich the liturgy.’
    • ‘Are we witnessing the dawning of an age of enlightened town planning?’
    • ‘Mistaken identity, separated siblings, questions of inheritance are all themes which had been treated on stage since the dawning of theatre.’
    • ‘For many youngsters innocently watching it may have meant a dawning of a new direction in life, involving a blend of aspiration, determination and self-confidence.’
    • ‘The anniversary of the dawning of freedom for the subcontinent is not all about flag-waving.’
    • ‘And then, in your own creative acts, in everything you do, you have the sense of freedom that feels like blue skies open, and with it perhaps the dawning of your own idea.’
    • ‘That brought the curtain down on Tom's playing career but marked the dawning of a complete new involvement for him.’
    • ‘His ‘landslide’ election victory (in fact a demonstrably unstable coalition) was greeted as the dawning of a new era.’
    • ‘With the dawning of the new commercial era, the realisation emerged that the internet was a media business and not a technology business.’
    • ‘With the completion of the sequence of the human genome and the list of full sequence of infectious agents growing almost daily, medical research stands at the dawning of a new era of advance.’
    • ‘What consequences will follow from the dawning of a new age of imperialism at the beginning of the 21st century?’
    • ‘The dawning of democracy and installation of a non-racial government did not immediately bring about a change in attitudes, and the criminals flourished.’
    • ‘It was the group's misfortune to come into prominence during the dawning of the video music era.’
    • ‘The evidence proves that this last 10 years appears to be more of an investment debacle than the dawning of a new golden age brought on by low inflation and low interest rates.’
    • ‘I watched the dawning realization appear in her eyes.’
    • ‘Dickens and Gaskell were writing about big issues set in the dawning of the industrial age.’
    • ‘Let us look back to the dawning of the arena project.’
    • ‘You'd think we're living in the dawning of some new age.’
    • ‘These are profound changes that mark the dawning of a new era.’
    beginning, start, birth, inception, conception, origination, genesis, emergence, advent, coming, appearance, debut, arrival, rise, starting point, origin, launch, institution, inauguration, opening, initiation, onset, outset, unfolding, development, infancy
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  • 1literary Beginning to grow light.

    ‘the dawning sky’
  • 2Coming into existence.

    ‘the dawning era of Internet TV’
    1. 2.1 Becoming evident to the mind.
      ‘he smiled with dawning recognition’


Middle English: alteration of earlier dawing, from Old English dagian ‘to dawn’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch dagen and German tagen, also to day.