Definition of morning in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmɔːnɪŋ/


1The period of time between midnight and noon, especially from sunrise to noon: I’ve got a meeting this morning it was a beautiful sunny morning [as modifier]: the morning papers
More example sentences
  • You will work from seven in the morning till seven at night and have one and a half free days per month.
  • He spent three days working from seven in the morning until eleven at night on his masterpiece.
  • If there's something in the morning paper about a case, I cut it out and put it in a file.
before noon, before lunch(time), a.m.
literary morn
Nautical & North American  forenoon
1.1Sunrise: a hint of steely light showed that morning was on its way
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  • For two miles the water stretched north, a flat sheet of grey in the morning sun.
  • For a while, the birds kept both of us happy, sitting in the morning sun, blue sky overhead.
  • Wednesday morning dawned bright, clear, and cold - typical end of October weather.
dawn, daybreak, sunrise, break of day, first light;
North American  sunup
literary cockcrow, dayspring, dawning, aurora


(mornings) informal
Every morning: mornings, she’d sleep late


short for good morning.
Example sentences
  • Morning mate. I trust you are feeling a whole lot better today.
  • 'Morning, how are you?'



the morning after (the night before)

humorous The morning after an evening of drinking, when one has a hangover.
Example sentences
  • In South Yorkshire traffic patrols will also be on alert the morning after to spot suspected drink drivers.
  • I really respect you as a person,’ she breezily jokes as he is given his marching orders the morning after the night before.
  • Maybe as a student I overdid it a little, and have been known to wake up on a strange floor in strange house (though never in a strange town or country) the morning after the night before.

morning, noon, and night

All of the time: we used to fight morning, noon, and night
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  • For centuries you had enormous whale fleets armed with the most sophisticated technology of their time, manned by experts working morning, noon, and night to kill more whales.
  • Then I have at least three big projects I have to get going on, as well as columns and articles to write, books to read to my kids, hikes to go on and mouths that get hungry morning, noon, and night.
  • I never would've dreamed I would eat lobster morning, noon, and night, for free.
all the time, without a break, constantly, continually, always, forever, incessantly, ceaselessly, perpetually, unceasingly
informal 24/7
archaic without surcease


Middle English: from morn, on the pattern of evening.

  • In Old English the word for the beginning of the day was morgen, which survives in the literary words morn and morrow. In the Middle Ages morn was extended to morning on the model of evening ( see even). Excessive drinking has resulted in the morning after (more fully the morning after the night before) since the late 19th century.

Words that rhyme with morning

aborning, awning, dawning, mourning, spawning, warning

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