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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, Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Book II, chapter ix:
      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
    • 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.
    • 1995, Pinky and the Brain, theme:
      Before each night is done, / Their plan will be unfurled, / By the dawning of the sun, / They'll take over the world.



  1. present participle of dawn