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

Translation of dawn in Spanish:


  • 1 uncountable and countable (daybreak) as dawn breaks
    al rayar o romper el alba [literary]
    al amanecer
    at dawn
    al amanecer
    al alba [literary]
    from dawn till dusk
    de sol a sol
    de la mañana a la noche
    (before noun) (patrol/start)
    de madrugada
    Example sentences
    • She pushed the horse faster, but didn't sit up until the first light of dawn rose over the horizon.
    • All observations of mating behavior commenced at the beginning of this dawn period.
    • She wakes up in those dawns and rises with the sun.
  • 2 countable (beginning)
    albores (masculine plural) [literary]
    since the dawn of civilization
    desde los albores de la civilización
    the dawn of hope
    el despertar de la esperanza
    Example sentences
    • Driving through a land which has been intensively farmed since the dawn of civilisation, we soon reached the Ghab, a rich agricultural valley which had once been marshland.
    • Humans require new dawns, fresh starts, ends of eras.
    • If we are correct, the Late Devonian wood problem was an almost inevitable result of evolutionary developments at the dawn of life.

intransitive verb

  • 1 (day)
    alborear [literary]
    as day was dawning
    al clarear or despuntar el día
    the day dawned bright and sunny
    el día amaneció luminoso y soleado
    the day will dawn when you regret this
    ya llegará el día en que te arrepientas
    Example sentences
    • On a day such as this, one might have hoped that the day would dawn bright and early, bringing sunshine and crisp, cold, blue skies.
    • I kept the doors and windows closed even after day had dawned.
    • The next day dawned late, and we set out across an inland sea - the giant frozen lake Kuttijarvi - so large we couldn't see other side.
  • 2 (new age/civilization)
    alborear [literary]
    Example sentences
    • To be sure the threat to the Pattern has existed for the past couple of years, but I never thought the day would dawn when the outgoing committee was left with no alternative but to call it a day.
    • A new age was dawning, and I was riding the crest of it.
    • A new age has dawned, and the Holy Spirit has been poured out in a new way.
    Example sentences
    • Realization seemed to dawn on Kaya's face after that sentence.
    • It didn't dawn on us what the reader was really asking.
    • Much of this has yet to dawn on Labour's backbenches and few would understand it even if spelled out for them.

Phrasal verbs

dawn on

verb + preposition + object
it dawned on me that …
caí en la cuenta de que …
me cayó el veinte de que … (Mexico) [colloquial]
me cayó la chaucha de que … (Chile) [colloquial]
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