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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 It superseded Middle English dauing, dawing, dayinge, from Old English dagung.

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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
From wordnet.princeton.edu