Etymology
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dawning (n.)

"first appearance of light in the morning," late 13c., verbal noun from dawn (v.). It superseded Middle English dauing, dawing, dayinge, from Old English dagung.

updated on June 30, 2018

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Definitions of dawning from WordNet

dawning (n.)
the first light of day;
Synonyms: dawn / morning / aurora / first light / daybreak / break of day / break of the day / dayspring / sunrise / sunup / cockcrow
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