Definition of daybreak in English:



  • The time in the morning when daylight first appears; dawn.

    ‘she set off at daybreak’
    • ‘Every morning at daybreak we would hear hauntingly long-drawn fluid birdcalls.’
    • ‘Evenings are cool, and it's misty at daybreak, but by midday the sun can still be punishingly hot.’
    • ‘At daybreak my socks and boots were frozen solid, but the valley warmed fast when the sun topped the snowcapped peaks.’
    • ‘At daybreak, Doune woke with a startled jolt of fear, looking around and telling himself it was only a dream.’
    • ‘It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of captivity.’
    • ‘At daybreak Billy Buck emerged from the bunkhouse and stood for a moment in the porch looking up at the sky.’
    • ‘At daybreak, her father went out looking for his daughter and at 10 am reported her missing.’
    • ‘At daybreak, Tamora woke Cleo and took her to wash in the river.’
    • ‘At daybreak, as he awakened again and struggled to sit up, a crowd of peasants gathered around him.’
    • ‘Low tide would be at three twenty-one the following morning; an hour after daybreak and two hours before dawn.’
    • ‘Having survived the night, we woke to a daybreak as magical as any I can recall.’
    • ‘The event ends when it ends, sometime during the night, and by daybreak it's done for another year.’
    • ‘I had to ride out in the morning, so I planned to get up at daybreak.’
    • ‘At daybreak on a chilly mid-October morning, Phipps' imposing fleet arrived in the harbour.’
    • ‘Three hairdressers appeared at daybreak in order to ready my hair for the wedding.’
    • ‘At daybreak families emerge from their walled houses with cups and toothbrushes.’
    • ‘The show began officially on Thursday morning before daybreak.’
    • ‘We fought all through the night until daybreak, where only three warriors remained standing.’
    • ‘By daybreak, rucksacks are white with frost inside the tents.’
    • ‘Many visitors, he said, preferred to see the ancient stone circles at daybreak or at sunset.’
    dawn, break of day, crack of dawn, sunrise, daylight, first light, first thing in the morning, early morning, cockcrow
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