An alteration of dawing, under the influence of Scandinavian cognates (c.f. Swedish, Danish dagning).
Dawning (plural Dawnings)
- (UK), (US) IPA: /ˈdɔːnɪŋ/
- (US) (in accents with the cot-caught merger) IPA: /'dɑ:nɪŋ/
- (now chiefly, poetic) Dawn.
- 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Book II:
- & soo they two retorned ageyne in the daunyng of the day [...].
- 1874, James Thomson, The City of Dreadful Night
- never there
- Can come the lucid morning's fragrant breath
- After the dewy dawning's cold grey air
- The first beginnings of something.
- Present participle of dawn.et:dawning