dawning

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English dawnynge, an alteration of dawing, under the influence of North Germanic cognates (compare Swedish, Danish dagning). See daw (to dawn).

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Noun[edit]

dawning (plural dawnings)

  1. (now chiefly poetic) Dawn.
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, chapter IX, in Le Morte Darthur, book II:
      Anone after cam the knyght with the two swerdes and balan his broder / and brought with hem kynge Ryons of Northwalys and there delyuerd hym to the porters and charged hem with hym / & soo they two retorned ageyne in the daunyng of the day []
    • 1824, James Hogg, The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner, Oxford 2010, p. 32:
      [] he arose to make an excursion to the top of Arthur's Seat, to breathe the breeze of the dawning, and see the sun arise out of the eastern ocean.
    • 1874, James Thomson, The City of Dreadful Night
      never there / Can come the lucid morning's fragrant breath / After the dewy dawning's cold grey air
    • 1906, Alfred Noyes, The Highwayman:
      He did not come in the dawning; he did not come at noon;
      And out o' the tawny sunset, before the rise o' the moon,
      When the road was a gypsy's ribbon, looping the purple moor,
      A red-coat troop came marching—
      Marching—marching—
      King George's men came marching, up to the old inn-door.
  2. The first beginnings of something.

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Verb[edit]

dawning

  1. present participle of dawn

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