Definition of daybreak in English:



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

    ‘she set off at daybreak’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At daybreak on a chilly mid-October morning, Phipps' imposing fleet arrived in the harbour.’
    • ‘At daybreak families emerge from their walled houses with cups and toothbrushes.’
    • ‘Evenings are cool, and it's misty at daybreak, but by midday the sun can still be punishingly hot.’
    • ‘We fought all through the night until daybreak, where only three warriors remained standing.’
    • ‘At daybreak, her father went out looking for his daughter and at 10 am reported her missing.’
    • ‘I had to ride out in the morning, so I planned to get up at daybreak.’
    • ‘At daybreak my socks and boots were frozen solid, but the valley warmed fast when the sun topped the snowcapped peaks.’
    • ‘Every morning at daybreak we would hear hauntingly long-drawn fluid birdcalls.’
    • ‘The event ends when it ends, sometime during the night, and by daybreak it's done for another year.’
    • ‘At daybreak, Doune woke with a startled jolt of fear, looking around and telling himself it was only a dream.’
    • ‘The show began officially on Thursday morning before daybreak.’
    • ‘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, Tamora woke Cleo and took her to wash in the river.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Three hairdressers appeared at daybreak in order to ready my hair for the wedding.’
    • ‘Having survived the night, we woke to a daybreak as magical as any I can recall.’
    dawn, break of day, crack of dawn, sunrise, daylight, first light, first thing in the morning, early morning, cockcrow
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