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British English: /dɔːn/
American English: /dɔn/
, /dɑn/

Translation of dawn in French:


  • 1 [literal] at dawn before ou by dawn at the crack of dawn
    [literal] [figurative]
    dawn broke
    le jour se leva
    (I have to work) from dawn to ou till dusk
    (je dois travailler) toute la sainte journée or du matin au soir
  • 2 [figurative] (beginning) the dawn of a new era/of a new century
    l'aube d'une époque nouvelle/d'un nouveau siècle
    the dawn of socialism/Thatcherism
    la naissance du socialisme/thatchérisme
    the dawn of a revolution
    l'aube d'une révolution
    a new dawn in computer technology/in Europe
    le début d'une nouvelle ère pour la technologie informatique/pour l'Europe
    the change in government was a false dawn
    le remaniement ministériel n'était porteur que de faux espoirs
    since the dawn of time

intransitive verb

  • 1 (become light)
    se lever
    the day dawned sunny and warm
    le jour s'annonçait chaud et ensoleillé
    the day will dawn when
    un jour viendra où
    a new age has dawned
    une nouvelle ère a vu le jour
    hope dawned on the horizon
    l'espoir commençait à poindre
  • 2 (become apparent) See examples: it dawned on me/him etc that …
    je me suis/il s'est etc rendu compte que …
    it suddenly dawned on him why/how
    il a compris soudain pourquoi/comment

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