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An alteration of dawing, under the influence of Scandinavian cognates (compare Swedish, Danish dagning).


  • (UK), (US) IPA(key): /ˈdɔːnɪŋ/
  • (US) (in accents with the cot-caught merger) IPA(key): /ˈdɑːnɪŋ/


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
  2. The first beginnings of something.




  1. present participle of dawn