Definition of predawn in US English:



  • Relating to or taking place before dawn.

    ‘the predawn light was just beginning to show through’
    • ‘After the first predawn raids on Tuesday, Malaysian authorities could proclaim with confidence that all had gone well, and that no one had been hurt.’
    • ‘Awareness heightened in the predawn darkness, my stomach clenches as I mistake boulders for grizzlies.’
    • ‘Korans have been distributed and I have witnessed a Muslim chaplain arriving to lead the predawn call to prayer.’
    • ‘Costco workers were the very first responders to the predawn tragedy on their doorstep.’
    • ‘At the first spluttering sounds of the water ration's arrival through the pipes in the predawn dark, bodies spring from beds to fill buckets and pots.’
    • ‘The traders said they were angry after learning that their plastic tents, wooden carts, boxes and boards used to display their merchandises had been taken by public order officials in a predawn raid on Tuesday.’
    • ‘In the chilly, predawn hours in Sao Paulo, Brazil, more than 1,000 people mill around a parking lot, waiting anxiously to have their picture taken.’
    • ‘The conference bill was voted on in the House Monday in the predawn hours.’
    • ‘A man even admitted to calling in sick yesterday because he was afraid to leave for work in the predawn hours.’
    • ‘Four sharp explosions jerk me from my sleep - incoming mortar rounds cracking the predawn peace of our tent camp.’
    • ‘In his entire adult life he had never felt anything like what he was feeling now, walking east through the predawn morning.’
    • ‘Acting on a tip, police launched a predawn raid on their hideout, triggering an exchange of fire.’
    • ‘On the beach at Sandy Hook on the New Jersey shore one October there were hundreds of us assembled in the predawn hours, fishing for striped bass.’
    • ‘Leni said she saw that the fire had started at about 3 a.m. when she was about to wake Samsudin up for a predawn meal.’
    • ‘We collapsed our tents in the predawn dark and left the gear on the broken stones of the former temple as the monks had suggested.’