Definition of first light in US English:

first light

noun

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

    ‘you are to set off at first light’
    • ‘A helicopter with a surgeon on board was due to leave Dunedin at first light this morning, to provide further assistance.’
    • ‘The search continued late into the night and resumed at first light the following morning in difficult weather conditions.’
    • ‘These would set out onto the road at the first light of dawn, in the hope of catching up to the Germans that were now traveling on foot.’
    • ‘According to the weather reports, my entire town will be covered in the stuff by the first light of dawn.’
    • ‘At first light the next morning, Paul Buchel took off and headed south along the Wild Coast.’
    • ‘By first light on race day, the sky is clear, and it's already pushing 80 degrees.’
    • ‘Unfortunately for people who go to bed early, the best views are from midnight until the first light of dawn.’
    • ‘By first light, officers were dragging the quarry; at 5.30 am they recovered the small body.’
    • ‘From first light, York was decked out in red and white as people donned the Three Lions and waited expectantly for the match.’
    • ‘At first light, having slept hardly at all, Miss Mapp and Mr Smith made their way down the mountain.’
    • ‘The search continued late into the night and resumed at first light on Wednesday morning.’
    • ‘At first light, I walked out to the newsagent on the corner and bought a copy of the paper.’
    • ‘At first light yesterday a Sea King helicopter from RAF Lossiemouth was sent out to rescue the crew.’
    • ‘By first light in Aberdeen, armies of street cleaners were sweeping up the detritus left by 60,000 revellers.’
    • ‘And our crews will be arriving either later this evening or first light tomorrow morning.’
    • ‘An unspecified Italian city, shot either at night or at the first light of dawn, is generally empty and in need of a coat of paint.’
    dawn, daybreak, break of day, crack of dawn, sunrise, first thing in the morning, early morning, cockcrow
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Pronunciation

first light

/ˌfərst ˈlīt//ˌfərst ˈlaɪt/