Crepuscule vs Dawn - What's the difference?

crepuscule | dawn |


As a noun crepuscule

is twilight, dusk (the time of the day when the sun sets).

As a proper noun dawn is

sometimes given to a girl born at that time of day.

crepuscule

English

Alternative forms

* crepuscle

Noun

(en noun)
  • Twilight.
  • * 1969 , Vladimir Nabokov, Ada or Ardor , Penguin 2011, p. 54:
  • Van watched them with the same pleasurable awe he had experienced as a child, when, lost in the purple crepuscule of an Italian hotel garden, in an alley of cypresses, he supposed they were golden ghouls or the passing fancies of the garden.

    Derived terms

    * crepuscular

    See also

    * smokefall * crepusculum

    dawn

    English

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To begin to brighten with daylight.
  • * Bible, (w) xxviii. 1
  • In the end of the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdaleneto see the sepulchre.
  • To start to appear or be realized.
  • *
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=5 , passage=Although the Celebrity was almost impervious to sarcasm, he was now beginning to exhibit visible signs of uneasiness, the consciousness dawning upon him that his eccentricity was not receiving the ovation it merited.}}
  • To begin to give promise; to begin to appear or to expand.
  • * (John Dryden) (1631-1700)
  • in dawning youth
  • * (Alexander Pope) (1688-1744)
  • when life awakes, and dawns at every line

    Derived terms

    * dawn on

    See also

    *

    Noun

  • (uncountable) The morning twilight period immediately before sunrise.
  • (countable) The rising of the sun.
  • (uncountable) The time when the sun rises.
  • (uncountable) The beginning.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-08-03, volume=408, issue=8847, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Yesterday’s fuel , passage=The dawn of the oil age was fairly recent. Although the stuff was used to waterproof boats in the Middle East 6,000 years ago, extracting it in earnest began only in 1859 after an oil strike in Pennsylvania. The first barrels of crude fetched $18 (around $450 at today’s prices).}}

    Synonyms

    * (rising of the sun) break of dawn, dayspring, sunrise * (time when the sun rises) break of dawn, break of day, crack of dawn, daybreak, dayspring, sunrise, sunup * (beginning) beginning, onset, start

    Antonyms

    * dusk

    Hypernyms

    * twilight

    Derived terms

    * crack of dawn * dawn chorus * it is always darkest before the dawn

    See also

    * crepuscular

    Anagrams

    * wand ----