• (British, America) IPA: /ˈdɔːnɪŋ/
  • (America, cot-caught) IPA: /ˈdɑːnɪŋ/

dawning (plural dawnings)

  1. (now chiefly, poetic) Dawn.
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, [http://quod.lib.umich.edu/c/cme/MaloryWks2/1:4.9?rgn=div2;view=fulltext 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 (B. V.), 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—
      King George's men came marching, up to the old inn-door.
  2. The first beginnings of something.
  1. present participle of dawn#English|dawn

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